A course for students with diagnosed learning
disabilities, whose individual educational program requires a support
setting which can provided specially designed instruction in order that
each student can achieve academically to the best of their ability
FRESHMAN ACADEMIC SKILLS
Specially designed program for students beginning their
high school experience. Ninth grade students, in addition to support in
content areas, receive daily instruction in a variety of learning areas
such as time management, note taking, test taking tips, organization,
and study strategies
10TH-12TH GRADE ACADEMIC SKILLS
In addition to support in content areas all students
receive instruction in a variety of learning areas such as time
management, note taking, test taking tips, organization, and study
ACADEMIC SKILLS TEXTBOOK
The assignment notebook provided to each student is the
required text for all academic skills classes. Lost planners must be
replaced at the student’s expense of $10.00 per planner.
The academic skills course is designed to support
student’s efforts to succeed within the regular academic curriculum.
Students will focus on their goals as outlined in their individual
education plans, participate in a study skills curriculum, and receive
academic support. This is a 5 credit course, not a study hall. Students
will earn a grade based on the following criteria.
A. The assignment notebook must be brought to class each
day. Students are expected to have this filled out before class begins.
Dates, day, classes and assignments must be neatly and clearly written.
Academic organization directly impacts school performance and correct
use of the notebook is essential.
B. All students will maintain a daily Academic Skills folder recording their
activities in class. This folder stays in the classroom. Students will receive
daily feedback and ratings 0-5 on their notebook, preparation, productivity and
goal oriented behavior.
Assignment notebook- The student will receive 5 points if each section is filled
in for each subject, entries are neat, clear and understandable, dates and day
are recorded and long term projects and upcoming tests are recorded. Students
will receive a 0 if the notebook is missing or not filled out.
Preparation/Organization- The student will receive 5 points if all necessary
materials such as, textbooks, notebooks, writing utensils, worksheets, etc. are
brought to class. Students are expected to be organized (including folders and
backpack). Failure to do so will result in the loss of points.
Productivity- The student will receive a 5 if they use class time to focus on
goals, study skills, and assignments. Failure to do so will result in the loss
The points from this folder will account for 80% of the term grade. 20% of the
grade will be based on assignments and participation in the study skills portion
of the class.
C. Students who have the accommodation for test taking may arrange to take the
test in the Academic Skills room. Arrangements involving test
accommodations should be made with both subject teacher and the Academic
skills teacher prior to the test date. Academic Skills teachers will assist
students in self-advocating as needed.
D. Assistive technology will be issued at teacher’s
discretion and according to school policy.
It is imperative for students to acquire the study
skills necessary to succeed in high school. Your student will receive
direct instruction in the skills during their Academic Skills Class.
Supporting and empowering our students in reaching their maximum
potential and learning styles and needs is a goal we all want to promote
as our students begin their high school experience. Topics include but
are not limited to:
Self-discovery as a learner- Learning Style, Multiple
Intelligences, Left Brain Right Brain, “How Difficult Can This Be?”
Setting Goals- Personal Goals, Review IEP Goals, Self Advocacy
Time Management- Tracking your time, planning your time, to do lists, long term planning, using assignment notebook.
Note Taking Skills- concept mapping, indentation notes, outlining, double column note taking.
Test Taking Tips- Strategies for essay tests, multiple choice tests, short answer, memory, Mnemonic strategies
Organizational Skills- use of binders, folders, color coding etc…
Study Strategies- Active Reading, KWL, 3Q3R,
pre-reading, visualization, mnemonics, best setting for study (personal
CLASSROOM RULES FOR ACADEMIC SKILLS CLASSES
1. Teacher’s desks and materials are unassigned areas.
Students are not allowed in these areas without permission of their
teacher. Violation of this rule will result in detention.
2. Students must ask permission to use resources in the academic skills classroom.
3. Bathroom passes will be issued sparingly, at the discretion of the teacher.
Students who are late without a pass will report to their Academic
Skills teacher at the end of that school day. Failure to report will
result in detention.
5. Students who miss class without permission will be referred to the school’s disciplinary system (see student handbook).
Students are expected to do their own work. Copying work is a violation
of the school’s academic integrity policy and will result in referral
to the disciplinary system.
7. All tests and quizzes taken in the Academic Skills Classroom will follow school guidelines (see Student/Parent handbook).
Instructors: Mr. Jonathan Hanlon, Mr. Michael Morgan
Counselor: Mrs. Wendy Thornton
A specialized program that provides support with academic expectations same as the academic skills class
Students with learning disabilities, who benefit from a specialized
program that intergrates mainstream class support with an academic,
Structured, consistent environment to include academic, emotional,
social, behavioral supports in order to achieve in the mainstream
Language Inclusion Program
Instructor: Ms. Courtney Nottebart
- A specialized program that provides support with academic expectations same as the academic skills class
- Students, with multiple diagnoses benefit from a specialized
program that integrates individual’s profile with the academic
curriculum in a fully mainstreamed setting
- Structured, consistent environment to include sensory supports and
to strengthen social, communicative, and compensatory academic skills
Career and Education Program
Instructors: Mrs. Mary Caine, Ms. Amanda Pierce - Tier I
Mrs. Courtney Butz, Ms. Molly Shea - Tier II
- Program focus is on pre-vocational, vocational activities,life skills with functional academics
- Inclusion within education classes as determined appropriate by the team