Special Education Specially Designed Program Descriptions


Special Education Early Childhood Preschool Program

The Special Education Early Childhood Preschool Program is for children ages 3-5.  The purpose of our program is to serve children with disabilities as federally mandated under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  The Special Education Early Childhood Preschool Program focuses on Early Childhood Outcomes:

  • Positive social emotional skills
  • Acquiring and using knowledge and skills
  • Taking appropriate action to meet needs

 Resource Room

Resource rooms are designed for students with disabilities identified under IDEA in grades K-12.  Students in this program typically spend 80 percent or more of their school day in the general education classroom.  Students served in resource rooms are typically provided additional academic instruction focusing on Math and English Language Arts.  Resource room teachers deliver instruction which can include:

  • Inclusion support in the general education classroom
  • Co-teaching models
  • Strategic academic groups (Math and English Language Arts) or social skills groups
  • Direct instruction in the resource room using general education curriculum and/or special education research-based curriculum

Behavior Support Classroom

Behavior support classroom is designed to meet the needs of students with emotional and/or behavior problems that are qualified for Special Education under IDEA.  The goal of a behavior support classroom is to meet the needs of students with emotional and behavior problems learn skills to be successful in the school setting. The Behavior Support Classroom focuses on:

  • Social Skills
  • Problem solving
  • Replacement behavior
  • Academic supports

Developmentally Appropriate Classrooms (DAC)

Developmentally Appropriate Classrooms serve students in grades K-12.  DAC serves students with moderate to severe disabilities in the developmental areas of cognitive skills, adaptive skills, communication skills, personal/social skills and motor skills.  There are four DAC classrooms in the district. Students in this program spend the majority of their day in the DAC program and can spend a portion of their school day in the general education classroom. DAC focus on:

  • Functional Math and English Language Arts skills
  • Daily living skills
  • Communication skills
  • Personal Care Services
  • Personal and Social Skills
  • Replacement behaviors