EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

ELEMENTARY PROGRAMS

 Sayreville School District provides special education at all of its elementary schools in the form of in-class support, resource center replacement, and resource center support to those students determined eligible.  Related services in the form of speech-language, occupational and physical therapies are also provided at each elementary school.  There is a speech-language specialist dedicated to every elementary school.  Occupational and physical therapists travel between schools.  Social Skills counseling is also provided by school social workers, school psychologists and consultants when deemed necessary through IEPs.  


Speech and language services are provided to students who demonstrate, through formal evaluation, a mild to moderate disorder in language, articulation, voice, or fluency.   

PRESCHOOL PROGRAMS

As with any school-aged resident child, Sayreville School District provides a full continuum of services for students aged three to five years old who are found eligible for special education and related services through the evaluation process.  

There are currently two Preschool Integrated Classes.  Three-year-old and four-year-old students attend half day morning or afternoon classes.  The ratio of regular education students to special needs students is approximately 50-50, with the scales more often leaning toward the regular education population.  This integrated program (inclusionary) follows a general education preschool curriculum. Both of the preschool integrated teachers are additionally Teacher of the Handicapped Certified. The special needs students receive in-class support through their teacher, and related services are provided in accordance with their IEPs.  Each preschool integrated class is additionally staffed by a paraprofessional.  Behaviorist support is provided on an as-needed basis. 

A Self-Contained Preschool Disabilities Program is available as well to those students who require a structured, full day program with a smaller class size than is offered in the Integrated Preschool Program. This program is offered in order to make meaningful progress in helping students meet IEP goals and objectives.  The full-day program provides opportunities for intensive small group instruction and opportunities for integration into the preschool integrated sections for generalization.  Related Services are provided as per student IEPs.

 Secondary School Programs

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION

Just as at the elementary schools, Sayreville Middle School offers a variety of special education program options in accordance with student IEPs.  There is a full-time Child Study Team on staff, as well as a dedicated speech-language therapist, and a full guidance department.  

In addition to inclusion, in-class support and resource center options, a multiply disabled Life Skills class is in operation at the Middle School.  The class provides programming for those students who require a structured, full day Life Skills program with a smaller class size than is offered in the Regular Education and Resource Pull Out Replacement Program, in order to make meaningful progress in meeting IEP goals and objectives.

The program provides strong academic and community-based supports, following the scope and sequence of a functional Life Skills curriculum according to student needs.  The academic program follows IEP goals. Components provide small group instruction and opportunities to integrate into the community.

HIGH SCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION

Sayreville High School Special Services follows a natural continuum of programs as middle school students transition to the high school.  A full Child Study Team is on staff and plays a major role in overseeing the education and implementation of IEPs for classified students.  In accordance with student Individual Education Plans, classified students are scheduled in general education classes in all areas of the curriculum to the fullest possible extent.  High school programs include in-class support, resource center replacement, and resource center support.  

A self-contained Life Skills class operates at the high school level, as well. The program provides strong academic and community-based supports, following the scope and sequence of a functional Life Skills curriculum according to student needs.  The academic program follows IEP goals. Components provide small group instruction and opportunities to integrate into the community.  Social skills are addressed through the community and vocational/employment part of the program.  Opportunities for job training are found within the school setting as well as the community at large.  Students work at various local businesses and at the education center.  Some students work independently and some are accompanied by a job coach.  The goal is to fade the coaches as the students become more independent.  Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of regular education settings, including physical education and specials.  They also have the opportunity to participate in sports and after school clubs.  Students with severe disabilities are taught through a hands-on, activity-based program.  Career awareness and exploration activities are begun in this program, and students eventually begin work at a variety of internships throughout the community.  Repeated practice of skills and competencies is necessary for successful transition in post-school settings. As part of transition planning for all classified students over 14-years-old, staff is available to assist in the development of skills they will need to meet the world after high school.
  

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