The inclusive education program at Compass Charter School includes the following components:
Related services including speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling services, and additional services provided through the Department of Education are available to students who have been evaluated and have qualified for such services through the Committee on Special Education. Related services are provided in the classroom or in the therapist’s office depending on a student’s needs and specific goals being addressed.
Two certified teachers lead each classroom at Compass Charter School—one is a general education teacher and the other is a special education teacher. Teachers work collaboratively to support the needs of all students within the classroom by utilizing a variety of co-teaching models and instructional resources. Teachers also consult with specialists including the School Psychologist, Learning Support Coordinator, and related service providers to ensure that all students are receiving the necessary supports to be successful in the classroom.
Response to Intervention
Compass Charter School believes in providing the highest quality education for our students. We utilize a three-tiered instructional approach in our general education classrooms to meet this goal, referred to as Response to Intervention (RTI), which is now part of federal educational law.
As part of RTI, all students participate in the core curriculum, with three levels (tiers) of interventions for students who demonstrate at-risk skills in literacy, mathematics, or social-emotional behavioral development. Each tier provides additional support beyond the core curriculum. All students are assessed over the course of the year to measure their progress towards meeting grade-level expectations. Behavioral expectations will are also monitored on a regular basis throughout the year.
Tier One – Teachers use different strategies within the core curriculum to address all student educational needs. This includes small group instruction within the classroom and opportunities to review and reinforce concepts and skills that have been taught in various ways.
Tier Two – Based on progress data, students who are unsuccessful in Tier One will be provided supplemental research-based interventions matched to their needs. At times, these interventions will be provided within the child’s classroom or a specially trained teacher may deliver them outside of the classroom. Interventions can focus on literacy (decoding, comprehension, writing), mathematics, or behavior. The Child Study Team will track the child’s progress, and ongoing progress data will be communicated to parents.
Tier Three – Students who continue to struggle in Tier Two will receive more intensive interventions at the Tier 3 Level. These interventions are often delivered individually or in small groups on a daily basis. Ongoing progress data will again be communicated to parents. Students who continue to display limited progress despite Tier Three intervention may then be considered for further evaluation and services.
Compass Charter School teachers and specialists utilize a wide-range of research-based interventions to meet the needs of struggling students. These interventions include but are not limited to: Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), Preventing Academic Failure (PAF), Wilson Reading System, individual or small group counseling, Functional Behavioral Assessments, and Behavior Intervention Plans.
The Learning Support Coordinator is available to consult with parents/guardians. Parents/guardians who are seeking an evaluation of their child, either through the Committee on Special Education or privately, should arrange a meeting with the Learning Support Coordinator, Elizabeth Von Felde (firstname.lastname@example.org), for assistance in understanding the evaluation process.