Special Education

 

The Office of Pupil Personnel Services within the Melrose School Department provides for the special needs of Melrose High School students through identification, assessment and program development as required by both state and federal law. Pupil Personnel Services staff members at Melrose High School provide students with a variety of supports and programming options designed to meet the unique needs of the students. Team meetings are held with parents, students and staff to review assessment information and student progress in their educational program. As part of this process the Team will discuss the most appropriate support for the student based upon his/her individual needs with the goal of assisting the student achieve success in their educational pursuits. Individualized Educational Programs (IEP’s) specify programming that supports the student in the least restrictive environment. Some examples of programming include team teaching by a special educator and a general educator or small group instruction by a special education staff member.

906 Literacy Skills Workshop Level: Unleveled                              0.5 Credit (1/2 Year)
Prerequisite: Special Education Team Decision                                                                                                              Grade 9-12
Expectations: Special Education students with an English Language Arts, Reading Comprehension, and/or Written Expression Goal in their IEP may take this course. This is an intensive skill building course that focuses on active, critical reading and thoughtful, revised writing. Using an independent reading model, students will learn and practice reading and writing strategies for successful high school work. Key elements of this course will be student selection of reading texts, the constant use of a reader’s journal, and frequent revised writing assignments. The teachers work in conjunction with the general education teachers concerning regular course offerings and requirements in order to provide appropriate assistance for the students when they are in the general education classroom. Organizational skills and study skills will be embedded in the course. This class will meet every other day.

901 Numeracy Skills Workshop Level: Unleveled                       0.5 Credit: (1/2 Year)
Prerequisite: Special Education Team Decision.                                                                                                             Grade 9-12

Expectations: Special Education students with a math goal in their IEP may take this course. This is an intensive skill building course that focuses on expanding each student’s mathematics knowledge base. Using technology and mathematical investigation activities, students will learn and practice computational skills as well as problem solving strategies for successful high school work. The curriculum is designed to support students with their study of Algebra and Geometry as well as prepare them for the 10th grade MCAS examination by developing skills in the areas of number sense and operations, patterns, relations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis, statistics, and probability. Organizational skills and study skills will be embedded in the course. This class will meet every other day.

900 Skills Center Level: Unleveled                                                  0.5 Credit: (1/2 year)
Prerequisite: Special Education Team Decision                                                                                                             Grade 9-12

Expectations: Special Education students with an organization goal or Learning Strategies goal may take this course. This is an intensive skill building course that focuses on teaching students the tools and techniques they need to successfully access the curriculum and the ability to apply these strategies to new learning situations. The goal is help student learn and enhance their skills, integrate new knowledge with previous learning, learn independently, and apply skills and knowledge to both new and familiar situations. This class will meet every other day.

911 Transition Skills Workshop Level: Unleveled                          0.5 Credit: (1/2 Year)
Prerequisite: Special Education Team Decision                                                                                                              Grade 9-12

Expectations: Transition Skills is designed to improve the academic and functional achievement of Grade 12 students and to facilitate the student’s movement to post-school activities including post-secondary education, vocational education, employment, adult services, independent living, and community participation. It includes academic instruction, related services, community experiences, development of employment, and other post school adult and living objectives, and, when appropriate, the acquisition of daily living skills and functional vocational skills.