Under federal law, schools must provide a continuum of services to students with special needs so that they may be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE). Below is a list of services offered by the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District.
Students with IEPs who do not require the services of an In-Class Support teacher or the slower pace & smaller class size of non-College Prep ICS or Resource Room classes may elect to take general education academics and electives. Accommodations & modifications listed in the IEP (e.g., copies of notes, extended time) are implemented by the general education teacher. All elective courses are considered “general education”.
In-Class Support (ICS)
ICS sections of academics (English, math, science, social studies) are general education classrooms staffed with both a general education content area teacher and a special education teacher.
Students in ICS sections can opt to take College Prep (CP) versions of courses. Sections not designated as CP place greater emphasis on developing basic academic skills than CP courses.
Resource Room Replacement (RCR)
RCR courses (also called “pull-out”) are taught in self-contained classrooms by special education teachers who are highly qualified in their content area (e.g. English, math). These courses typically have fewer students than general education classrooms (10-15), which allows for more teacher-student “face time” and greater individualization of curriculum to help students improve on weak academic areas while bolstering their strengths.
Learning & Language Disabled (LLD)
LLD courses are for students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. Academic subjects are taught three periods in a row; students take English and math for the entire year, and science and social studies for one semester each. Social skills training and speech/language therapy are also embedded into the curriculum, with some class periods run conjointly between the special education teacher, speech/language specialist, and special education counselor.
Career Exploration/Career Development
Students in the Career Exploration/Development program learn pre-vocational skills in a variety of real-world work settings. In Career Exploration, students complete career interest inventories and spend a few weeks sampling jobs in fields of interest to them (e.g., food preparation, office work, retail). In Career Development, students spend longer periods of time at fewer job sites to allow them to develop more job-specific skills. Several local businesses have partnered with NHV for this program, including Hunterdon Medical Center, WalMart of Clinton, Pizza Como, ShopRite of Clinton, Metropolitan Seafood, Ercolano’s Nursery & Farm Market, and Hunterdon Developmental Center.
Students must be 16 years old to participate in the Career Exploration/Development program. For more information on this program, please contact Anthony Petraglia.
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Community Based Instruction (CBI)
Often students with significant learning needs have difficulty generalizing skills from an artificially structured environment into the natural community setting. For this reason, skills are taught in the naturally occurring environment, with the classroom being used as a resource for introducing, reinforcing, and practicing key concepts that will be utilized in the community setting. This program is designed to provide typical life experiences at community sites (e.g., the grocery store, the post office, and department stores).
The three main objectives of the CBI program are listed below:
- Students will learn necessary skills to carry out typical life routines in the community.
- Students will learn related life skills in the areas of reading, math, language, communication, and social interaction.
- Students will learn necessary skills for the transition from their school life into adult life.
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The North Hunterdon-Voorhees district also employs a full-time speech/language specialist to provide speech therapy to students in need. Occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other related services are also provided as needed.