Special Education Offerings
The importance of the implementation of a Special Education program has been an ongoing priority at our school. Much time, effort and energy has been spent throughout the years, making certain that our students on IEPs, as well as students with learning differences who are in need of classroom accommodations, are being supported at St. Francis.
Special Education services are designed for students who are identified as needing an Individualized Education Program (IEP’s). These programs will be honored and executed to the best of our ability at St. Francis Xavier. Students who do not qualify for Special Education services, yet have a documented disability (leaning or otherwise), may qualify for a School Accommodation Plan.
Based on IDEA funding generated from students on IEPs, St. Francis is able to:
- Support individually designed education plans
- Provide reading support
- Provide support through teachers trained in the Orton Gillingham approach
- Provide in-classroom support through teacher assistants
- Offer both teacher and peer tutoring
- Provide classroom inclusion support
Student Support Team
Our Student Support Team has been foundational in identifying struggling students and making recommendations for either improving classroom performance, or recommending further evaluation.
If and when a teacher observes that any of his/her students are experiencing difficulty in the classroom setting (academically, socially or behaviorally), he/she refers that student to the Student Support Team. The team meets weekly depending on need, and will work very closely with the classroom teacher to develop proper accommodations for the student who is demonstrating difficulty. Early intervention is key to student success.
The Student Support Team works collaboratively with our part-time SpEd Interventionist to recommend the best interventions/ accommodations for our students. In the event that a student must go outside of our school boundaries to receive assistance from the public school, every effort will be made to communicate progress and involvement with the school districts that serve our students.