Our Special Education Department is designed to meet the needs of students who are eligible for special services. Students with mild to moderate disabilities are accepted into this program. The process followed by Sappo School begins with the development of an Individual Education Program, an educational plan of that meets the child’s unique needs. Close attention is given to the student’s strengths and weaknesses, and educators work closely with students to ensure a smooth transition from the special education classroom to the more traditional classroom setting.
The Special Education Department tackles various special education needs and the program is designed to help students and their educators work together to achieve academic success. Notable responsibilities and aspects of the special education program include:
• Resource Room
• Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy
• Mandatory, regularly scheduled meetings
• Daily meetings between special education teachers and classroom teachers to coordinate efforts that lead to a student’s success in the classroom
• Weekly meetings to address progress and assess strategies implemented in the classroom
• Annual 3-day Teacher seminars for staff training
• Presentation and study of accurate information for effective methodology used for specific needs
Sappo educators are trained to help students overcome challenges that each student may face while also highlighting unique strengths. The Special Education Program at Sappo School focuses on three distinct areas: ADHD, Dyslexia, and Anxiety.
• ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a behavioral disorder characterized by hyperactivity, impulsiveness, and difficulty concentrating, which can lead to challenges in the classroom.
• Dyslexia is a learning disorder that makes it difficult for a student to interpret words, letters, numbers, and symbols and can cause reading difficulties if the disorder is not addressed by educators.
• Anxiety is worry or unease that can be caused by social situations, taking tests, or other common situations that may arise in a learning environment.