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Special Education

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

Students that have a current Individual Educational Program (IEP) will have their educational needs met in accordance with the specifications on their IEP. Students on a non-diploma program will work toward objectives designed for their needs and will be served through specially designed instruction. The setting will include special education classrooms and inclusion into regular courses as appropriate. Alternate portfolios are required as part of the state mandated assessment program for non-diploma students.

 

Students on a diploma program are required to fulfill the same course requirements as all other students. Those academic courses may be taken as collaboration courses or in some cases in the resource room setting, according to the student’s IEP. Elective courses are not offered in the special education setting and must be taken in the regular program. Diploma students with an IEP are required to complete the same assessments as regular education students.

 

Special Ed Resource Courses

Resource courses will be offered for students whose IEP places them in this type of academic environment to achieve their individual educational objectives. Courses are typically offered in English, math, science and social studies.

 

Courses expected to be offered in resource model are listed below:

English 1      Algebra 1      Earth & Space Science       Political Science

English 2      Geometry     Biology 1                                World Civilization

English 3      Algebra 2      ICP                                          US History

English 4                 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration (Co-teaching) Courses

Collaboration courses will be offered for students whose IEP places them in this type of least restrictive academic environment. The student will be responsible for the curriculum as outlined in the course syllabus. A special education teacher will be paired with the regular education teacher to provide assistance as needed and specified on their IEP.

 

 

 

Courses expected to be offered in the collaboration/co-teaching model are listed below:

English 1      Algebra 1      Earth & Space Science       Political Science

English 2      Geometry     Biology 1                                  World Civilization

English 3      Algebra 2      ICP                                           US History

English 4      Senior Math 

 

 

ENGLISH (Resource)

 

BASIC ENGLISH 1                                                                             1 CREDIT

Pre-requite:  Must be approved by instructor

 

Basic English 1 will expose students to a variety of literature including, but not limited to poetry, short stories, drama, novels, etc.  Students will begin a study of the various reading and writing strategies and grammar review and practices in order to produce successful writing pieces.  Students will also participate in activities that introduce real-world writing, listening, and speaking skills

 

 

BASIC ENGLISH 2                                                                             1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite:  Basic English 1; Must be approved by instructor

 

In Basic English 2, students will be exposed to a variety of literature as well as elements of writing and reading.  Attention will be given throughout the course to literary forms, sources and influences, and the facets of the writer’s environment (social, intellectual, and economic forces) which helped shape the work(s).  Students will continue to produce and refine successful writing pieces as required by the Department of Education.  Students will continue to participate in activities that introduce real-world writing, listening, and speaking skills.  Student will be required to complete the Quality Core English 2 End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course. 

 

 

BASIC ENGLISH 3                                                                             1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite:  Basic English 2; Must be approved by instructor

 

In Basic English 3, students will be exposed to a variety of literature.  Attention will be given throughout the course to literary forms, sources and influences, and the facets of the writer’s environment (social, intellectual, and economic forces) which helped shape the work(s).  Students will also participate in activities and units of study that prepare them for real-world writing, listening, and speaking events. 

 

 

BASIC ENGLISH 4                                                                             1 CREDIT

Pre-requisite:  Basic English 3; Must be approved by instructor

 

In Basic English 4, students will be exposed to a variety of literature.  Attention will be given throughout the course to literary forms, sources and influences, and the facets of the writer’s environment (social, intellectual, and economic forces) which helped shape the work(s).  Students will also participate in activities and units of study that enhance their understanding of real-world writing, listening, and speaking skills as needed for success upon graduation from high school. 

       

 

 

MATH (Resource)

 

BASIC ALGEBRA I                                                                             1 CREDIT               

Pre-requisite:  Instructor approval

 

This course is designed to give students basic skills that involve algebra such as the study of solving equations, solving inequalities, application of equations and inequalities, exponents, and operations with radicals, graphing, linear equations, systems, and quadratics.

 

 

BASIC ALGEBRA 2                                                                           1 CREDIT               

Pre-requisite:  Basic Algebra 1 and Instructor approval

 

This course is designed to give students basic skills that involve algebra such as the concentration on the application of higher order algebraic concepts.  Focus will be placed on problem solving with 1 and 2 variable equations, matrices, quadratic and higher order polynomials, rational functions, and probability.  Student will be required to complete the Quality Core Algebra 2 End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course. 

 

 

BASIC GEOMETRY                                                                   1 CREDIT                   

Pre-requisite:  Basic Algebra I and Instructor Approval

 

This course focuses on the study of the properties and applications of common geometric figures in two and three dimensions. It includes the study of transformations and right triangle trigonometry. Inductive and deductive thinking skills are used in problem solving situations, and applications to the real world are stressed. It also emphasizes writing proofs to solve (prove) properties of geometric figures.

 

 

 

SCIENCE (Resource)

 

 

BASIC EARTH & SPACE SCIENCE                                           1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  Instructor Approval

 

This course is required of all 9th grade students.  Students develop a conceptual understanding of Earth/space science, as outlined in Kentucky's Program of Studies, through the use of scientific inquiry. They experience Earth/space concepts such as energy in the Earth system, geochemical cycles, formation and ongoing changes of the Earth system, and formation and ongoing changes of the universe. A scientific inquiry approach uses concrete, hands-on experiences that require students to apply critical thinking skills.

 

 

BASIC BIOLOGY 1                                                                      1 CREDIT    

Pre-requisite:  Instructor Approval

 

This course will allow students to learn to use thermometers, weather vanes, and barometers.  They will investigate water, ice, water vapor, thunderstorms, and will examine soil, rocks, fossils and maps.  Students will also study plants and animals and their relationship to humans.  Emphasis will be placed on application of information gained to daily living. Student will be required to complete the Quality Core Biology 1 End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course. 

 

 

BASIC CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS (ICP)                                    1 CREDIT                   

Pre-requisite:  Instructor Approval

 

This course serves as an introduction which integrates the basic concepts of chemistry and physics. Students learn how the physical and chemical properties of matter can be explained and predicted in terms of atomic and molecular structures and forces. They also learn how balanced and unbalanced forces influence the behavior of objects. This course provides the basic foundation for further study of chemistry or physics at a greater level of complexity than would be provided by an introductory physical science course.

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES (Resource)

 

BASIC POLITICAL SCIENCE                                                    1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:  Must have instructor's approval

 

This course is typically taken by 9th grade students.  This course focuses on the study of law---civil, criminal, constitutional, and international, the legal and justice system. Students will examine the need for rules and regulations, interpretations of the Constitution, both state and federal. Supreme Court decisions, the Bill of Rights, and individual rights law, criminal law, family law, and consumer law.  The study of the basic social contracts of society will enable students to understand the preferred democratic values; justice, equality, responsibility, freedom, rule of law, human rights, honesty, equity, rational process and human dignity.

 

 

BASIC WORLD CIVILIZATION                                                          1 CREDIT   

Pre-requisite:      Must have instructor's approval

 

This course is typically taken by 10th grade students.  This course will cover both European History since 1500 and the political geography of the continents.  Students will study the main historical ages in the development of Western Civilization with the geography of that region.  For example, Renaissance and Reformation with the geography of Europe and the Middle East, The Age of Exploration with the geography of South American and Asia, The Age of Revolution, and nationalism, militarism and imperialism with the geography of Africa.

 

 

BASIC U.S. HISTORY                                                              1 CREDIT                      

Pre-requisite:  Instructor's approval

 

This course is typically taken by 11th grade students.  The United States History course should serve as a capstone for the study of America’s history from grades 5-8.  After brief review, the focus should be on the Reconstruction period to the present, looking at the forces that shaped and continue to shape political, economic and social institutions and the impact of those forces on the development of the United States in the 20th century.  Student will be required to complete the Quality Core U. S. History End of Course Assessment (EOC) upon successful completion of this course. 

 

 

 

Other Resource Classes

 

 

CAREER DEVELOPMENT          1-4                                                       1 Credit                     

Pre-requisite: Instructor approval

 

Students will be provided learning experiences that relate to potential careers.  This class is designed to integrate meaningful work experiences in an effort to better prepare the student for the world of work. 

 

 

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICES                                              1 CREDIT                      

Pre-requisite:  Instructor's approval

 

Community Based Services is performance based instruction using an Individual Education Plan (IEP) with goals and objectives that involves a series of small group activities, where students apply independent living skills from the classroom into the community. Students are in need of functional skills in the community and are identified through a referral and screening process.