Special Education Programs

Academic Strategies

Academic Strategies classes support the largest number of students in Weston Public Schools on IEPs. Students receive direct instruction and support for academic areas, study and organizational skills, and other areas outlined in their IEP.  Special education teachers help develop student strategies using assignments from their general education classes and other curricular materials.

ACCESS

This program primarily supports students diagnosed with Autism,  Communication Disorder and/or Neurological Disorder.  Students in these classrooms require highly individualized programing in academic and social pragmatics.  These students receive related services that may include Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Assistive Technology and Speech and Language.  Students participate in general education classrooms with support, accommodations and/or modifications.

Language-Based

There are language-based programs at all of the elementary schools and the Middle School.  Students who receive services in these programs have a language-based learning disability, most often dyslexia.  As a result of their disability, these students require highly specialized instruction, primarily in reading, writing, and math but may also require support for science and/or social studies.  Many of the students in the programs require from instruction in research-based, highly-structured reading programs, including Orton -Gillingham or Wilson. We have professionals in every school trained in these programs.

Bridge

Bridge is a program for students to aid in their transition back to the high school after a hospitalization, for an extended evaluation, or for students facing emotional and/or social stressors that require a more structured therapeutic environment.  Bridge is also used as a home base for students who require this level of therapeutic support on an ongoing basis.  Students in Bridge are accessing the general education curriculum to varying degrees with varying supports.  Each student’s schedule has been altered on an individual basis to increase the likelihood that they are able to meet the demands of their classes and remain in an emotionally healthy state.  Some students access it once a day and others access the Bridge classroom many times in a day for academic and emotional support.  Bridge supports both students on Individualized Educational Plans (IEP) and students who are not identified with a disability.  Bridge is staffed by both a counselor and a special education teacher to support the individualized needs of students.

GOAL

GOAL, short for getting organize for academics and life,  is a Weston High School program for students with complex learning and social profiles that educates students from high school to the age of 22.  This includes all aspects of transition planning(community, education, and employment).  In addition to academic curriculum students learn vocational and community skills in a small instructional setting.