Special education instruction and related services are available for children with special needs from age three to age 21 (i.e.,through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday). Related Services can include but are not limited to speech and language, adapted PE, physical and occupational therapy, social work, psychological services, transportation, and behavior intervention plans. Hearing and Vision services are also available. More information on special education and related services can also be found on the Illinois State Board of Education's website http://www.isbe.state.il.us/spec-ed
Early Childhood Program
The Early Childhood Program provides special education and at risk students with a high quality EC program that uses a research-based curriculum To qualify for early childhood, a student needs to have a 30% delay in 2 or more developmental areas; At Risk students are identified through screening and demonstrate at risk factors using weighted criteria.
The Supported Education program provides students with special education services and support while receiving rigorous general education curriculum. Specialized instruction is provided through a variety of service delivery models. One service delivery approach is services provided inside the general education setting. Collaborative Instruction classes have a general education teacher and special education teacher involved in the delivery of instruction.
Cross Categorical Program
The Cross Categorical program is a self-contained instructional program designed to provide intermediate to intense instructional support to students primarily in a small structured learning environment. While students receive instruction in a self-contained setting, students in this program have the opportunity to participate with their same age peers in the general education classroom based on their needs. The students in the Cross Categorical program spend greater than 60% of their day in a small structured learning community.
The Multi-Needs program is a self-contained instructional program designed to provide intense instructional support focused on functional academics and life skills to students with multi-needs in a small learning environment.
The Structured Teaching and Learning Room (STLR) program is a self-contained instructional program designed to provide intense instructional support focused on communication, social skills, and positive behavior to students with autism in a small, structured learning environment. The STLR program also provides intensive academic instruction utilizing an alternate curriculum.
The CARES program is a self-contained special education program designed to provide intermediate to intense social/emotional as well as academic instructional support to students primarily in a small structured learning environment. While students receive instruction in a self-contained setting, students in this program have the opportunity to participate with their same age peers in the general education classroom based on their needs. Typically, students in the CARES program spend greater than 60% of their day in a small structured learning community; however, students increase in the amount of general education access as they demonstrate positive coping strategies within the CARES and general education classroom environments.
The Secondary Transition Experience Program (STEP) provides intensive ongoing vocational and life skills support to students who are 18-22 years of age and have completed their graduation requirements. This structured program provides intense vocational, life skills, and community-based instruction in order to promote post-secondary independence and success.
Hearing Itinerant Program
The Hearing Itinerant Program provides direct and consultative services for students who require support due to a hearing loss impacting behavior and social skills.
Vision Itinerant Program
Direct and/or vision consultation services are available to students who meet the criteria for a visual impairment.