Community High School District 94 SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAM
District 94 Special Education staff is PHENOMINAL! You won’t meet a harder working, more dedicated, and genuinely caring staff than ours!!!!
For students with mild disabilities . . . The majority of students with mild disabilities are serviced with support in the general education setting. Least Restrictive Environment is a priority at Community High School! Community High School utilizes a Facilitation Model providing support to students in the general education setting when needed. The Study Skills program enables students to receive instructional support for general education classes and student skill development through note taking, test taking, organization, re-teaching, study skills and self advocacy.
For students with emotional disabilities . . . Students with emotional disabilities are given support by fabulous, patient, caring case managers who strive to build relationships with their students. This program includes READY classes where students are often assigned at the beginning of the day enabling the case managers to create a safe environment for students to process their needs, create structure, goals, and encouragement.
For students with moderate to severe disabilities . . . Students with cognitive delays and multi-needs are served using the Syracuse Model. Students gain academic skills and development towards maximum functioning as an independent adult in the community. Our STEP program creates opportunities for students to gain employment skills as they work within and outside of the school. Students on the Autism Spectrum receive quality instruction with top-notch teachers filled with sensory, academic and communication expertise creating an outstanding environment for this population.
For students 18-21 . . . Community High School is proud of our new state of the art Transition Center servicing students with special needs that are 18-21 years of age. The students work on independent and daily living, most have jobs within the community and continue to strive for maximum independence in an apartment like setting. The Transition Center has many cool features including a coffee shop where students take orders, make and deliver coffee and tea to students and staff throughout the building.
Related Services . . . Community High School is a proud member of SASED where we contract outstanding staff for many of our related services needs including: speech and language services, occupational therapy, physical therapy. Community High School additionally offers support services by utilizing a superior staff of social workers, guidance counselors, and school psychologists.
Special education concerns and referrals should be directed to Tiffany Chavez, Director of Special Education at 630-876-6260. The District will provide any assistance necessary to enable the referring person to meet the related requirements established by the district. At the time of the referral the district will provide the parents with notice of their rights with respect to procedural safeguards. Special education placement is determined by a multidisciplinary team conference, which considers the student's past performance, the result of specific tests or progress monitoring and the findings of specific interviews/reports. Community High School is in compliance by utilizing the RtI approach (progress monitoring) when considering eligibility for the LD population.
Special Education provides a continuum of services with a current Individual Education Plan (IEP). Following the completion of a full case study, a Multi-Disciplinary Conference (MDC) is held to determine each student's educational needs and eligibility for special education assistance. This placement is reviewed on a yearly basis and formally through the re-evaluation process every three years.
Each Special Education teacher coordinates the services specified on the IEP for each student on their caseload. This is accomplished through collaboration, consultation, and direct instruction to ensure access to the core curriculum in the least restrictive environment. As students successfully acquire new skills, they are closely monitored for further challenges within their academic curriculum. Case Managers take their job seriously, and work diligently to assist students to reach their maximum potential.