Special Services

  • The courses listed below are available to all students who meet state eligibility criteria for special education. Classes will be assigned based on individual student needs and the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. The special education department goal is to provide an individually designed program for each student to meet his or her needs in accord with the IEP.  Emphasis is on training in daily life skills, vocational skills, self-management skills, basic academic skills, and providing support in required courses.


     

    Special Services English Language Arts

     

    English Language Arts LAB 9 (SPE 101/102)

    Grade Level: 9

    Credit: English Language Arts 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve a English Language Arts 9 credit. The curriculum is a modified version of English Language Arts 9.  Students work to improve basic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on oral reading, fluency, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary development, and writing skills.  Students will expand writing skills through practice on informative, explanatory, and argumentative texts, and will develop skills in organization and style. Students will also participate in a range of collaborative discussions, building on others’ ideas and clearly expressing their own. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 9-10 grade specific standards. Completion of this course is required for graduation.

     

    English Language Arts LAB 10 (SPE 201/202)

    Grade Level:  10

    Credit: English Language Arts 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve a English Language Arts 10 credit. The curriculum is a modified version of English Language Arts 10.  Students work to improve basic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on oral reading, fluency, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary development, and writing skills. Students will strengthen their ability to write clear claims, use valid reasoning and sufficient evidence in their  writing, as well as write explanatory texts to examine complex ideas and concepts. Both collaboratively and individually, students will apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts and to make effective choice for meaning and style. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 9- 10 grade specific standards. Completion of this course is required for graduation.

     

    English Language Arts LAB 11 (SPE 301/302)

    Grade Level:  11

    Credit: English Language Arts 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve English Language Arts 11 credit. The curriculum is a modified version of English Language Arts 11.  Students work to improve basic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on oral reading, fluency, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary development, and writing skills.  Students will write synthesized arguments, using multiple sources to write more sophisticated claims, use more complex logical structures, and varied evidence. They will conduct short and sustained research, developing a capacity to evaluate sources and analyze more substantive topics. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 11-12 grade specific standards.


    English Language Arts LAB 12 (SPE 401/402)

    Grade Level: 12

    Credit: English Language Arts 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve English Language Arts 12 credit and is taken in place of English Language Arts 12.  The curriculum is a modified version of Communication Arts 12. Students work to improve basic reading and writing skills. Emphasis is placed on oral reading, fluency, decoding, comprehension, vocabulary development, and writing skills.  Students will read works of exceptional craft and thought that serve as models for students’ own thinking and writing with greater independence and flexibility. They will demonstrate their ability to examine of seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century foundational documents of historical and literary significance, including how two or more texts from the same period treat similar themes or topics. Students will contribute meaningfully to a variety of collaborative structures, developing adaptability in various situations. Students will write routinely over short and extended time frames for a range of increasingly complex writing tasks, purposes, and audiences, and will be required to gather relevant evidence from multiple authoritative sources. An extended research paper is required. Students work toward meeting standard on the Common Core 11-12 grade specific standards. There is also a focus on improving self advocacy and self-exploration skills.

     

    Special Services Reading (SPR 101/102)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable Credit:

    Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course is designed to provide remedial instruction for students whose progress in the general education classroom is significantly impacted in the area of reading. Topics include: Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text. The overall objective of the program is to have each student improve skills as rapidly as possible with the goal of achieving at a level appropriate for actual grade placement.  The course content varies according to individual student needs. The course supports students in general education science and social studies courses.

     

    Special Services Reading  (SPR 201/202, 301/302)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course is designed to provide remedial instruction for students whose progress in the general education classroom is significantly impacted in the area of reading.  Topics include: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper). The overall objective of the program is to have each student improve skills as rapidly as possible with the goal of achieving at a level appropriate for actual grade placement.  The course content varies according to individual student needs. The course supports students in general education science and social studies courses.

     


    Special Services Mathematics

     

    Pre-Vocational Math 1  (SPM 103/104)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite:  IEP Team Recommendation

    This course represents the constraints in a modeling problem using a linear equation, linear inequality, system of linear equations or a system of linear inequalities and evaluate the reasonableness of the solutions.  This course emphasizes the concepts of list skills based on each students Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Topics include: Represent constraints by equations or inequalities, and by systems of equations and/or inequalities, and interpret solutions as viable or nonviable options in a modeling context. For example, represent inequalities describing nutritional and cost constraints on combinations of different foods.

     

    Special Services Math 1 (SPM 101/102)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternative means to achieve a math credit.  This is an individually planned math class, which teaches a range of math skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual math goals and objectives on his/her IEP. Topics include: Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number, and multiply two two-digit numbers, using  strategies based on place value and the properties of operations. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

     

    Special Services Math 2 (SPM 201/202)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternative means to achieve a math credit. This is an individually planned math class, which teaches a range of math skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual math goals and objectives on his/her IEP. Topics include: Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

     

    Special Services Math 3 (SPM 203/204)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite:  IEP Team Recommendation Placement

    This course provides an alternative means to achieve a math credit.  The curriculum is a modified version of the appropriate math course. This is an individually planned math class, which teaches a range of math skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual math goals and objectives on his/her IEP. Topics include: Solve real-world and mathematical problems by writing and solving equations of the form x + p = q and px = q for cases in which p, q and x are all nonnegative rational numbers.

     

    Special Services Math 4 (SPM 205/206)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation Placement

    This course provides an alternative means to achieve a math credit.   The curriculum is a modified version of the appropriate math course. This is an individually planned math class, which teaches a range of math skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual math goals and objectives on his/her IEP. Topics include: Solve word problems leading to equations of the form px + q = r and p(x + q) = r, where p, q, and r are specific rational numbers. Solve equations of these forms fluently. Compare an algebraic solution to an arithmetic solution, identifying the sequence of the operations used in each approach. For example, the perimeter of a rectangle is 54 cm. Its length is 6 cm. What is its width?

     

    Special Services Math 5 (SPM 207/208)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation Placement

    This course provides an alternative means to achieve a math credit.  The curriculum is a modified version of the appropriate math course. This is an individually planned math class, which teaches a range of math skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual math goals and objectives on his/her IEP. Topics include: Give examples of linear equations in one variable with one solution, infinitely many solutions, or no solutions. Show which of these possibilities is the case by successively transforming the given equation into simpler forms, until an equivalent equation of the form x = a, a = a, or a = b results (where a and b are different numbers).

     

    Special Services Math 6 (SPM 209/210)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation Placement

    This course provides an alternative means to achieve a math credit.  The curriculum is a modified version of the appropriate math course. This is an individually planned math class, which teaches a range of math skills  dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual math goals and objectives on his/her IEP. Topics include: Prove that, given a system of two equations in two variables, replacing one equation by the sum of that equation and a multiple of the other produces a system with the same solutions.

     

    Special Services Financial Fitness (SPM 301/302)

    Grade Level: 12

    Credit: Mathematics 1.0

    Prerequisite: Resource Room Math 11th Grade and IEP Team Recommendation Placement

    This course provides an alternative means to achieve a math credit. This is an individually planned math class, which teaches a range of math skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially  designed instruction, based on student’s annual math goals on his/her IEP. Topics include: preparation for individuals to plan, manage and analyze finances; financial responsibility and decision-making; income; planning and money management saving and investing; buying goods and services; banking and financial institutions, credit and debt; and risk management and insurance.

     


    Additional Special Services Social Courses –  Limited Access

     

    Special Services Washington State History  (SPS 101/102)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Social Studies 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve a Washington State History credit and is taken in place of Washington State History. The curriculum is modified. Topics include the region’s geography, exploration, native populations, fur trade, settlement, Indian wars, statehood, economics and Government.  This is a required course for graduation.


    Special Services World Studies  (SPS 201/202)

    Grade Level:  10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Social Studies 1.0

    Prerequisite:  IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve a World Studies credit.  The curriculum is modified. World Studies is a combination of the study of world history and current world issues. The study of world history centers  on investigating the events of the past and their effect on the events today: i.e., ancient India, ancient China, rise of Islam, Europe since the Renaissance and Africa and Latin America from the 19th century. The investigation of  current world issues is dictated by events and issues that dominate world discourse: i.e. regional and world conflicts, environmental problems world economy, human rights, populations, etc. Upon completion of this course, students will have an understanding of the historical background and possible resolution of current major issues. Students learn the histories of Europe, Africa, and Asia.

     

    Special Services US History  (SPS 203/204)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Social Studies 1.0

    Prerequisite:  IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve a U.S. History credit and is taken in place of US History.  The curriculum is modified. Students will examine basic features of United State History during he 1877 to the present. Topics covered will be industrialization, immigration, reform, World War I, the twenties, depression and the New Deal, World War II, civil rights, the Vietnam War and contemporary times.

     

    Special Services Civics (SPS 401/402)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Social Studies 0.5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve an American Government credit.

    The curriculum is a modified version of American Government.  This course is designed to give students a foundation in local, state, and federal political systems that include, but are not limited to, fundamentals of the United States Constitution; political processes and the separate functions of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government; political culture; party systems; Interest groups; bureaucracies; Institutions (military, etc.); civil society; media roles; public policy (civil liberties, rights).  Emphasis will be on the study of local government and factors influencing public policy making in the United States and selective nations in the world.

     

    Special Services Health and Fitness  (SPH 103/104)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit:  Health and Fitness 1.0

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides an alternate means to achieve a Health and Fitness credit and is taken in place of Health and Fitness. The curriculum is modified. Students will learn the importance of total health/wellness by studying the mental, physical, and social aspects of healthy lifestyles.  Topics include the nervous system, alcohol and drug abuse, nutrition, hygiene, eating disorders, fitness, and stress management.


    Special Services Social Skills   (SPG 109/110)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Elective 0 .5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides a means to achieve an elective credit.  This is an individually planned class, which teaches a range of social/behavioral skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual IEP goals. Topics include friendship skills, leisure skills, following verbal/visual directions, being a part of a group, and exploring and interacting with their surroundings.

     

    Special Services Social/Behavior Skills  (SPG 203/204)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite:  IEP Team Recommendation

    Students will study relationships, values, goals, decisions and stress management.

    Students will reflect on self-esteem, personality, attitude, managing stress, communication (being successful in relationship, dealing with conflict) crisis (chemical dependency, verbal and physical aggression).


     


    Special Services Transition Program Courses

     

    Special Services Career Explorations   (SPV 201/202)

    Grade Level:  10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational 0.5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides a means to achieve an elective credit.  This is an individually planned class, which teaches a range of skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual IEP goals.  This course provides students with the opportunity to explore career interests and ideas. Students gain an understanding of how their skills, aptitudes, and personal traits prepare them for future careers.  Topics include: Workplace skills, employer expectations, writing a resume, filling out an application and communication skills.

     

    Special Services Pre-Vocational Skills   (SPV 105/106)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational 0.5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides a means to achieve an elective credit.  This is an individually planned class, which teaches a range of Pre-vocational skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual IEP goals. Topics include sorting, matching, sustained attention, completion and following verbal or visual instructions and schedules.

     

    Special Services Vocational Skills  (SPS 107/108)

    Grade Level:  9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational 0.5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides a means to achieve an elective credit.  This is an individually planned class, which teaches a range of vocational skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual IEP goals.  Expectations include consistent and successful application of vocational skills such as sustained attention, task completion and following instructions and schedules when given in multiple venues.

     

    Special Services Community Living  (SPV 203/204)

    Grade Level:  10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational .5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides a means to achieve an elective credit.  This is an individually planned class, which teaches a range of community living skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual IEP goals.  Topics include, applying for jobs, using various media to access information, using public transportation, planning a budget and planning meals.

     

    Special Services Transition (SPS 209/210)

    Grade Level:  10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit:  Occupational / Elective .5

    Prerequisite: IEP Team Recommendation

    This course provides a means to achieve an elective credit.  This is an individually planned class, which teaches a range of transition skills dependent upon each student’s ability level, which provides specially designed instruction, based on the student’s annual IEP goals.  Topics include: financial planning (budgeting, checking/debit, loans and credit skills), career exploration, personal relationships, purchasing a vehicle, insurance, nutrition and food preparation, clothing care and repair, renting an apartment, options for living on your own and exploration of  leisure skills.

     

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