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Special Education

Special Education Overview for NHS


What kinds of special education programs exist at NHS?


Resource Specialist Program (RSP): This is the least restrictive special education program on campus. All students in this program have mild to moderate learning disabilities. These students spend most of their day in general education classes. Tutorial is usually the only special education class they have.


Academic Support Program (ASC): This is a newer name for Special Day Program (SDC). Most of these students spend over half of their day in self-contained classrooms where they receive specialized academic instruction.


Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST): These students have moderate to severe learning disabilities and are not diploma track students. Their focus tends toward functional skills.


How do general education teachers know what each student’s needs are?


Every teacher receives a profile for each individual student at the beginning of the semester. On those profiles, teachers will find information regarding grade level, present levels of functioning, description of student disability, and accommodations/modifications.


If a student with an IEP requests to take a test in the RSP room, what is the process?


Students with special education services may be excused to take their tests and quizzes in the designated testing room for that specific period, as long as their IEP accommodations permit. 


How do I know who the case carrier is for my child?


Each student's counselor has access to the list of special education case carriers.


Who are the leaders of this department?


Mr. Guerrero and Mrs. Williams both co-chair the department. Mr. Arredondo is the administrator over the special education department.