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 is highly trained.
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 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.