Learning Supports (Special Education)
Special Education at Summit Academy is based upon an inclusion model. That is, all regular education and special education scholars take the same core academic classes. Within these classes, all scholars are held to the same behavioral and academic expectations (as expressed in their IEP goals). Scholars with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) are given additional support in-class support, out-of-class support, accommodations, and/or modifications to enable them to better meet these expectations. This model is considered by many educators to be the ultimate manifestation of a commitment to educating each child, to the maximum extent appropriate, in the school and classroom that he or she would otherwise attend.
Special Education scholars at Summit Academy are supported in the following ways:
1. Accommodations and Modifications. A scholar’s IEP will list accommodations that need to be made in the general education classroom that all teachers must, by law, implement on a daily basis. In the most literal sense, the accommodations that are made to adjust for a scholar’s special needs are simply an extension of differentiating instruction techniques that good teachers implement on a regular basis.