Special Education

The goal of Special Education services at Old Colony is to maximize students’ learning opportunities through individualized instruction that promotes students’ academic, vocational, social, and emotional development.  Old Colony provides full-inclusion services that support all students’ success within the general education environment.

Co-Taught classes are classes that have the benefit of two certified teachers.  In most cases, one teacher is certified through the state of Massachusetts in the curriculum area being taught and the other teacher is a certified Special Education Teacher.  Exceptions to these qualifications would be those teachers who hold more than one certification.

Co-Supported classes are classes that have the benefit of a lead teacher and the support of a paraprofessional.  In these classes the teacher is certified through the state of Massachusetts in the curriculum area being taught and the paraprofessional has met and/or exceeded the requirements of NCLB’s Highly Qualified Paraprofessional.

Academic Support Classes focus on skill development in students’ individual area(s) of weakness.  Classes are designed to utilize specialized instruction within small groups taught by Highly Qualified Special Education Teachers.

Related Services.  The goal of Special Education is to provide services and supports that individual students require to make effective progress academically and emotionally/socially.  To support this need Old Colony provides the services of a Reading Specialist, School Adjustment Counselor, Autism Specialist, Speech/Language Pathologist, Guidance Counselors, Licensed Social Workers, and Psychologists.


Your Opinion Matters!   Family Engagement Survey 

Each year, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) surveys families of students with an IEP in selected school districts to determine how well your child’s school is communicating with you and promoting your engagement in your child’s education. It’s your district’s turn this year. The web-based survey will be open from September 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

  • You can complete the survey online or using a mobile device, http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3002932/26252d971e2d .
  • You can also complete a paper survey and mail it in or ask you district to mail it to the address below.
  • Ask your child’s teacher if you need help accessing and completing the survey.
  • Your participation in this survey will help your school district to improve family engagement for all students.

Who completes the Family Engagement Survey? Parents or guardians of students with an IEP who attend school are asked to complete a survey. Districts are asked to participate in this survey once every four years. This year is your district’s turn to participate.

I have more than one child with an IEP. Should I complete a survey for each child? Yes, you should complete one survey for each child.  Please make sure you complete only one survey for each child with and IEP.

What should I do if I need help in finding and completing the survey? You can ask your child’s teacher to help you find and complete the survey. Schools are finding ways to help all families participate in the survey.

 Is the survey confidential?  The survey is completely confidential and won’t include your name or your child’s name. There is no personally identifiable information requested on the survey.

Mail completed paper surveys to: Martha Daigle, DESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148


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