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High School Special Education

The HHS Special Education Program consists of learning support, emotional support and life skills support. Each program has paraprofessional support available to assist students with academic or emotional needs. Students requiring more individual assistance may have a paraprofessional assigned in certain classes. Placement and all other decisions are made through the IEP process and the IEP team members develop the child's individualized education program.

  • Learning support focuses on students' academic needs related to their learning disability. Learning support teachers provide students support with IEP goals and support in the academic regular education classes. Some classes provide the Inclusion/Co-teaching Model.
  • An emotional support teacher provides direct instruction or support for students identified with an emotional disability. Students may receive direct instruction in academic subjects in the emotional support classroom if deemed appropriate by the IEP team. The emotional support teacher may co-teach with some academic teachers in the regular education classroom.
  • The life skills program is for those students who require a functional approach to learning. A life skills teacher provides academic direct instruction, community-based instruction, functional life skills instruction, vocational instruction, travel-related instruction or employment instruction based on the student's individualized needs identified in their IEP.

The high school provides Inclusion for all students with IEPs in the regular education setting. Some of the classes are designed as co-taught classes in order to ensure maximum integration in the regular education classroom for our students with disabilities.  

The learning support teachers at the high school provide support services on a pull-out basis (during a student's study hall). These services consist of reteaching of skill deficits as related to IEP goals, transition services and extra support with students' academic work. 

The emotional support teacher co-teaches in several classes and may provide direct instruction for those students who need one-to-one or small group instruction. The emotional support teacher also provides support services that may consist of reteaching of skill deficits as related to IEP goals, transition services and extra support with emotional needs or academic work. 

The life skills support teacher provides instruction in the following areas: academics, functional living, vocational, community-based, travel related and employment. Students participate in the regular education setting for science, social studies and all electives. The life skills support teacher works with students on transition activities as outlined in each student's IEP. 

All students, regardless of their disability, participate in the regular education classroom for science, social studies and elective courses. As with all students with disabilities, the least restrictive environment (LRE) is decided by the IEP teams. The IEP team considers the regular education classroom with supplementary aids and services first before moving toward a more restrictive environment.

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