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Special Programs

Special Education

The Accelerated Schools offer students and families a broad range of programs to meet the unique needs of each student. The Special Education Program is designed to provide free, appropriate public education.

The comprehensive program addresses the individual needs of each student through a variety of learning support resources, including differentiated instruction.

Special education ensures that the unique needs of Diverse Learners are met through additional services, supports, programs, specialized placements, or environments. Special education services are provided to eligible students at no cost to families. The core purpose of special education is to provide specially designed instruction and intervention, as well as to give Diverse Learners access to the same educational programs and/or activities that are available to their peers.

  • Instruction: The focal point of special education is the student whose unique educational needs necessitate a tailor-made program of instruction.
  • Intervention: Special education provides diverse learners purposeful, targeted intervention that is designed to help mitigate obstacles that may preclude an individual from learning and actively participating in school and society.
  • Access to Core Curriculum: While teaching students in the most integrated environment is an important objective of special education, attention also has to be focused on addressing curriculum access.
  • Least Restrictive Environment: More than 30 years of research and experience has demonstrated that the education of diverse learners is most effective by having high expectations and ensuring access to the general education curriculum in the regular classroom.

Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Programs

The Accelerated Schools strive to ensure gifted education services are an integral part of its general education program by developing and providing programs for high-achieving students through integrated differentiated learning.

Programs for high-achieving students include individual or small group activities related to accelerating the core curriculum. Gifted students are screened and referred for assessments by teachers, administrators and school psychologists who provide enriched resources and materials to challenge students appropriately.

Teachers also address the social and emotional needs of advanced-level learners. In addition, educators are provided comprehensive professional development to help ensure they meet the unique needs of these advanced-level students. Ultimately, our goal is to recognize and continually develop each student’s diverse abilities and talents.