The Special Education Department at Clarence High School provides a variety of services to meet the individual needs of each student identified with a handicapping condition. These programs reflect the commitment to educate each student, to the maximum extent appropriate, in the least restrictive environment. These special education programs are determined annually by the Committee on Special Education. Each student’s individual needs and goals are assessed and appropriate accommodations are made. The following are brief definitions of the different programs that currently provided.
Resource Room Model
The program includes remedial, compensatory, and developmental instruction that is provided in a small group. The student typically reports to the resource room one time a day, receiving assistance from a special education provider.
This program includes the teaming of a general education teacher and special education teacher in the general education setting. The teaming of the teachers in the core academic courses brings different styles, strategies, and expertise into the classroom to provide a strong, positive approach to learning for special education students, as well as general education students. The special education teacher also provides support and assistance on a daily basis to the inclusion students in a academic support period. This allows remedial, compensatory, and developmental instruction to be provided in a small group to help the students be successful in the general education classroom.
15:1 Self-Contained Model
This program includes classes up to 15 students and a certified special education teacher. Students are expected to meet the Regents requirements for graduation, but attend classes that are designed specifically to meet students’ individualized needs. Curriculum presentation is adapted to address the students’ IEP goals and is paced more slowly than the general education classes through additional support periods that are provided for core academic classes.
This program assists students who will receive either a NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential or the Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential diploma. Integration students receive support in the general education setting and in their community. They work to achieve goals developed by their special education team.