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.
Alternative Learning Community (ALC)
- Students emotional issues override their learning process
- Grades 9-12
- Academics are on grade level
- Benefit from a “home-base” within the school building
- A team of teachers and case managers are assigned to the program
- Overall goal – emotional support and teaching the necessary skills to transition into the general population
- Not designed to be a four year program
- We also have one program that address high functioning students on the spectrum: This program revolves around teaching social skills throughout the school day
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.
Employment Orientation Program (EOP)
- EOPI I -Level One: The program focuses on teaching students skills that are necessary in the workplace. From researching potential jobs to learning behaviors appropriate to the workplace, students are exposed to skills relevant to the employment world. Students will also be exposed to hands-on experiences in the classroom working with a variety of different types of equipment.
- EOPII -Level Two: Further acquisition of workplace skills by moving through jobs located within the school building. Students experience numerous jobs in order to discover interests and strengths and acquire baseline information for the future.
- CAREER DEVELOPMENT -Level Three: Structured Learning Experience-Career-based instruction. Students are placed in structured learning experiences in local businesses to develop the skills necessary for paid employment.
The North Hunterdon-Voorhees district also employs a behaviorist. Occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, and other related services are provided as needed.