Committee on Special Education (CSE)

Committee on Special Education (CSE)

Each student that has been evaluated and qualifies under CSE guidelines receives an individualized educational program (IEP) which is designed for that child.  School personnel, members of the CSE, and parents or guardians work together to bring about appropriate education for the students in the least restrictive environment.  Some of the services provided include:

Consultant Collaborative Teaching: Small groups and individualized instruction are given to students by a special education teacher in collaboration with the classroom teacher in the regular classroom settings.

Resource Room Services: Small group and individualized instruction are available in math, reading and language skills out of the classroom.

Counseling: Consultation with the psychologist or social worker is available to parents, students and teachers by appointment.  Psychological services include the assessment of academic and/or social-emotional growth and issues related to general school adjustment.  The school psychologist or social worker schedules group counseling when it is appropriate.  Counseling services can only be conducted with parental permission.

Speech and Language Therapy: A speech/language therapist is available for screenings and diagnostic testing. Support services are provided for identified students as needed.

Occupational Therapy: Occupational therapy (OT) is helps students gain independence with physical, sensory, or cognitive problems.  We contract with an outside provider to provide OT during the school day.

Physical Therapy: Physical therapy (PT) helps students gain independence with bodily movement.  We contract with an outside provider to provide PT during the school day.


Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The Response to Intervention committee (RTI) meets to review students’ progress, teacher referrals and recommendations to the Committee on Special Education (CSE).  The RTI committee functions first as an intervention team, trying strategies for academic improvement.  Where adequate progress is not made, students are then referred to the committee for special education.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL Specialists screen all children who come from a home where another language, in addition to or instead of English, is spoken.  If needed, instruction is provided in listening, speaking, reading, writing and vocabulary.  Assistance with content and subject is also available