A variety of programs and support services are available to eligible students on a broad continuum. Our goal is to provide an education for students with special needs in the least restrictive environment possible for the student to successfully maximize his or her potential. Programs and services include:
- Resource Level Services: The majority of our students in Batavia receives special education services at the resource level. This simply means that the majority of their day (51% or more) is spent in the general education setting. Each student’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) determines the specific specialized supports that the student needs to be successful.
- Co-Teaching: Co-Teaching is available for students in grades K-12 in various core subjects. The purpose of Co-Teaching is to provide academic support in the general education setting. Co-taught classes provide students with disabilities with access to the general curriculum. These co-taught classrooms ensure that each student has a highly qualified content area teacher, as well as a teacher who is highly-qualified in differentiation strategies.
- Essentials Classes: The Essentials Classes strive to provide an environment where students will receive direct instruction in areas of academic deficit and gain compensatory skills so that they can be successful in the general education curriculum in the future. Essentials Classes are available in grades 6-12 in core academic areas. Instruction is based around the students’ individual goals.
- K-5 Instructional Learning Program: The K-5 Instructional Learning Program is a cross-categorical, instructional program for students with intellectual disabilities, significant learning disabilities or Autism. The program uses a co-teaching model with two certified special education teachers in each classroom. There are 2 classrooms. One of them supports students in grades K-2, and the other supports students in grades 3-5. The program provides a smaller, highly-structured classroom environment with embedded academic, behavioral and communicative supports with wonderful opportunities for students to be included in the general education classrooms with typical peers.
- RMS Instructional Learning Program: The RMS Instructional Learning Program is a cross-categorical, instructional program for students with intellectual disabilities, significant learning disabilities or Autism. The program uses a co-teaching model with two certified special education teachers. The program provides a smaller, highly-structured classroom environment with embedded academic, behavioral and communicative supports with wonderful opportunities for students to be included in the general education classrooms with typical peers in grades 6-8 at Rotolo Middle School. Students in this program are involved in community experiences and vocational opportunities throughout the building with a focus on increasing job skills and independence.
- BHS Vocational Transition Program: The BHS Vocational Transition Program is a cross-categorical, instructional program for students with intellectual disabilities or Autism. This program is available for students at Batavia High School and is a perfect next step for students who were successful in the Instructional Learning Program at RMS. The Vocational Transition Program offers a small, structured classroom with an emphasis on functional academics, life skills, social and pragmatic language skills.
- Developing Opportunities: Developing Opportunities Program is a therapeutic, instructional program for students who demonstrate social-emotional challenges that interfere with their school achievement, classroom behavior, social skills, and/or relationships with others. The program is available for students in grades K-12. The DO Program is a small, structured program designed for students who benefit from a positive behavioral approach and small group instruction. The curriculum is aligned to the core curriculum and includes instructional materials that are provided to students in the general education setting along with specific interventions based on each student’s IEP.
- Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative: Through the support of MVSEC, we are able to offer a continuum of services that meets the needs of our students with more significant needs. Batavia High School hosts a wonderful program for students with more significant intellectual disabilities and health needs. Other programs are available throughout the MidValley area for students that require specialized programming that is not available within their home school. Mid-Valley also supports many our students during their transition years (ages 18-21) through their 12+ and SAIL program.