• Literacy Connections

    This course focuses on Common Core State Standards for students with reading levels ranging from approximately 2nd grade to beginning 4th grade level. The students receive intensive, explicit, and systematic instruction to remediate deficit areas in vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. The use of scaffolded instruction as well as supplemental and alternate text options enable students to access common core standards while addressing the literacy needs documented in the IEP. This class is recommended for sixth and seventh grades.

    Literacy Essentials

    The Literacy Essentials course is designed to intensively, explicitly, and systematically teach vocabulary, comprehension, and basic writing skills to the small population of students, with reading levels beginning at the first or second grade, who are unable to benefit from the Literacy Connections or ICR Language Arts class.


    Designed for students who exhibit specific decoding deficits as evidenced by diagnostic assessment and IEP goals, this course focuses on explicitly and systematically teaching reading skills ranging from phonemic awareness to morphological units. Students will receive specially designed instruction in alphabetic principle, specific phonic patterns, high frequency words, and an appreciation of morphemes. Fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension are also integrated into lessons. Pre-testing as well as ongoing assessments of students’ performance and growth determine placement and mastery.

    Math Connections

    This course is designed for students at least two grade levels below who are not making sufficient progress with a single ICR math or general education math class, and who are in need of explicit and systematic specialized math instruction and concrete support of developmental math skills to access grade level Common Core math standards. A focus on assessment, progress monitoring, and targeted instruction encourages the expected student behaviors associated with gaining math skills as identified by the Common Core standards of mathematical practice.

    Math Essentials

    This course focuses on explicit and systematic instruction in basic number sense and appropriate developmental Common Core math learning trajectories and is designed for the small population of students with emerging numeracy skills who are unable to access abstract concepts presented in general education math, including ICR math.

    Curriculum Assistance

    The Curriculum Assistance elective (CA) provides specialized instruction for students with disabilities who are enrolled in regular education classes. The four main components of CA are collaboration/communication between teacher, parent, and student, literacy and math specialized instruction/remediation, and study skills instruction. The student is taught to prioritize, organize, take notes, take tests, proofread, follow directions and use reference materials. Literacy and Math skills are taught using specially designed instruction based on students’ IEP goals.

    Social Skills Essentials

    This course is designed for concrete learners who need more foundational instruction in managing their behavior. Specialized instruction includes a focus on, but is not limited to, personal emotional knowledge, interpersonal relationships, conversational skills, and coping strategies.

    Social Skills Competencies

    The course is designed for abstract learners who already have foundational social skills, but need to learn to generalize these skills across settings. Specialized instruction includes a focus on, but is not limited to, managing behaviors, social interpretation and understanding, interpersonal relationships, conversational skills, and coping strategies.

    Essentials of Social Studies & Science

    This course is designed for the small population of students, with reading levels beginning at the pre-primer to beginning 2nd grade level, who are unable to participate successfully in the standard course of study for science, social studies, and/or technology courses.

    Behavior Support

    The Behavior Support Program is designed for students with significant behavioral issues as documented by the IEP, including the Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). The Behavior Support Teacher (BST) provides specially designed instruction and documented behavioral monitoring for these students throughout the day in order to facilitate access to the Common Core in the Middle School Program Planning Guide Page 7 Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). This daily support may include Social Skills Instruction, Replacement Behavior Instruction, Crisis Intervention, Safe Space or Chill Out, Escort, Short-term Stabilization, Re-integration, and general case management. Through collaboration with subject area teachers, administrators, parents as well as other involved persons/agencies, the BST teaches students to self-monitor their academic and behavioral performance; thereby, building capacity for student self-management.