Learning Support Services may be provided via a pullout class, in-class support (termed inclusion), collaboration between teachers or any combination thereof. Parental permission must be received prior to any psycho-educational assessment or placement in Learning Support Services.
The Middle School Student Support Team (SST) is comprised of the learning support teachers, classroom teachers, administrators and counselors. The SST determines student enrollment in Middle School Learning Support Services. Once a student is identified as needing learning support, the SST may, if deemed appropriate, recommend an external psycho-educational assessment in order to better assist the student’s educational needs. To be enrolled in LSS, a student may have an identified learning disability, or be currently demonstrating one or more significantly weak academic areas. In order to continue LSS services beyond one year of the initial placement, we require an external psycho-educational assessment. Additional testing may be administered internally in order to better assist the student’s educational needs.
When a student is enrolled in LSS, the student’s learning support teacher develops an Educational Plan. This plan is designed to provide the student with direct support in curricular areas, as well as to teach compensatory strategies geared toward independent learning. Each student’s individualized goals are reviewed annually and revised as needed.
Prerequisite: To be determined by the support group
Length of course: One year