Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School Program
Description of Programs A full continuum of special education programs is available to students who have been evaluated by the Child Study Team and found to be eligible for special education and related services.
When a student is determined eligible, an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) is developed. The IEP describes, in detail, the student’s special education program and is implemented after parents have given written consent.
The goal of special education is to provide students who have been evaluated by the Child Study Team and found eligible for special education and related services with the opportunity for academic as well as personal growth and development. Each student is encouraged to seek the highest level of excellence in the least restrictive environment.
When a student is determined eligible for special education and related services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed by the IEP team. The IEP team, including the teachers, parents, case manager, and the student, when appropriate, determines the program that meets the student’s learning needs.
The IEP describes, in detail, the student’s special education program and is implemented after the parents have given written consent.
To the extent possible, classified students are scheduled in general education classes in all areas of the curriculum. Some students may be scheduled part of the day in classes taught or supported by special education teachers, while others receive all instruction in the general education setting with the appropriate supplementary aids and services.
Middle school programs include, but are not limited to:
- Pull-out replacement is designed to provide instruction in content areas such as English and mathematics. These courses are taught by the special education staff using curriculum content from the general education classes, as well as techniques, strategies, and modifications appropriate for the specific needs of the student as indicated in his/her IEP.
- In-class support, which is a program that supports the classified student in the general education classroom. The special education teacher works collaboratively with the subject area specialist to develop strategies for effective delivery of curriculum for individual classified students. The special education teacher may be present for some or all of the class periods depending on the needs of the student.
- Pull-out support is a program option designed to provide students with the skills, strategies, and techniques needed to enhance study habits and organizational skills, and to improve performance in general education classes.
- The Language Learning Disabilities Class is a self-contained class where students receive instruction from a special education teacher in content areas such as reading, mathematics, and English. Students have the opportunity to participate in general education classes with supplementary aids and services when appropriate.
- A self-contained class based on the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).
Each classified student at the middle school has a special education teacher who assumes the role of the contact teacher. The contact teacher serves as the primary point of contact for classified students. Conferences are regularly held with students to assess progress, identify obstacles to success, and, if appropriate, initiate steps to promote success. The contact teacher maintains ongoing communication with teachers in all subject areas to assess student achievement of course objectives and student relationships with peers and staff. Effective lines of communication are established and maintained through regular contacts with parents, child study team members, guidance counselors, and administrators.
The child study team plays a major role in overseeing the education and implementation of the IEP for classified students. Child study team members include a school psychologist, school social worker, and a learning disabilities teacher-consultant. These professionals serve as case managers for specific students.