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Pre-K 8:1:2: Pre-K Special Education Services:  Children eligible for Pre-K Special Education Services have not attained the developmental milestones for their chronological age in one or more of the following areas: cognition, communication, socialization, and/or social and adaptive development. Our goal is to prepare pre-school children with the communication, social and pre-academic skills necessary for successful transition to kindergarten.

Special Class 12:1:4 - Multiple Disabilities: Services children with concomitant impairments, such as an intellectual disability, blindness and orthopedic impairments. These combinations may result in educational needs that cannot be accommodated in a special education program solely for one of their impairments. Students with multiple disabilities require ongoing, extensive support in a variety of areas in order to participate in integrated community settings.

Special Class 6:1:1 - Autism Spectrum Disorder: Serves autism spectrum disorder (ASD) students with developmental disabilities, significantly affecting verbal and non-verbal communication, and social interaction that adversely affects educational performance. Other characteristics often associated with autism are engagement in repetitive stereotypical movements, resistance to environmental change or change in daily routines, and unusual responses to sensory experiences.

Special Class 8:1:1 - Autism Spectrum Disorder: Serves students with ASD who exhibit greater independence, academically and socially, who do not require the smaller class size of a 6:1:1 program.

Special Class 12:1:1 - Cognitive and Behavioral Deficits: Serves students whose academic and/or behavioral management needs interfere with the instructional process, to the extent that additional adult support is needed to engage students in learning. These students require specialized/specially-designed instruction which can be best accomplished in a self-contained setting.




Our programs and curriculum are aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards in English language arts, math, social studies and science.

In order to meet the needs of each student a variety of methods and teaching strategies are consistently implemented. Students are routinely engaged in an integrated approach to balanced literacy.

Our staff utilizes the following curriculums:

District 75's Curriculum Framework

Attainment:  ELA & Math

First Author

Fountas & Pinnell

Passport to Social Studies



Standards and Assessments

Ongoing student assessments reflect compliance with federal and state mandates.


Our staff utilizes the following assessments:



Running Records


Vocational Assessments


Methodologies and Strategies

Assistive Technology

Augmentative Communication

Classroom Engineered for Language Stimulation

Core Vocabulary

Discrete Trial

Get Ready to Learn

Interactive Whiteboards & Tablets


Sensory Integration

Structured Teaching

Universal Design for Learning

Verbal Behavior


UDL Handouts

Core Word Learning Ladder

Give Me 20 Pocketbook Symbols

Give Me 20 Boardmaker Board

Give Me 20 Pocket-Sized Version

"Go" Wall Sign

"HELP" Handout

"I" Wall Sign

"MORE" Handout

Social Stories

"STOP" Handout

Teaching Core Vocabulary

UDL Core Vocabulary Picture Symbols

"Want" Handout

"Wow" Sign Board

"Wow" Sign PDF File

"Yes/No" Handout

"You" Wall Sign



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