Program Descriptions

  • Childfind is the process of identifying and screening children/youth, ages birth-21 years, who may have developmental concerns and/or disabilities that affect their performance in school.

    Birth-to-Three Programs are provided by community services (ChildStrive and Providence Children's Center) through contracts with the district.  Services are for eligible children who may later transition into the district's developmental preschool program at age three.

    1.  Preschool and Kindergarten Special Education. This program serves three to five year olds with a wide range of developmental delays. Some students may require lifting, feeding and diapering. Communication, adaptive and social skills development are an integral part of the curriculum in providing early intervention and preparing students for first grade.

    2.  Elementary Life Skills Program. This program strand serves students in grades one through five with moderate to severe disabilities. Specially designed instruction may be delivered in the special education classroom, depending on the student's needs in the areas of functional academics and communication, daily living skills, pre-vocational and social-emotional.  Some students may require lifting, feeding diapering and physical interventions.  Students in these classes will typically be assessed for state evaluation purposes, using the Washington Alternative Assessment system.

    3.  Primary/Intermediate Special Education Programs. This program strand serves students in grades one through five who are significantly behind grade level academically, physically, and/or socially. Specially designed instruction is delivered in the special education classroom or in the general education classroom, depending on the student's needs. Students in these classes will typically be assessed for state evaluation purposes, using the Washington Alternative Assessment system.

    4.  Middle School Life Skills Program. This program serves middle school-age students with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities that require alternative curriculum approaches.  Many students are lacking basic self care, protection, and communication skills.  Some students have serious behavioral challenges in addition to their other needs.  The program provides a range of services as appropriate for individual students.  These may include functional academics, community based learning, basic needs, functional communication and pre-vocational curriculum.  Students in these classes will typically be assessed for state evaluation purposes, using the Washington Alternative Assessment system.

    5.  High Schools Life Skills Program. This special education strand provides a combination of functional academics and alternative community based-life skills curriculum with inclusion in general education school activities to the greatest extent appropriate.  Students aged 14 to 21 with moderate to severe cognitive disabilities that require alternative curriculum approaches are served in this strand.  Many student lack basic self care, protection, and communication skills.  Some students have serious behavioral challenges in addition to their other needs.  Students in these classes will typically be assessed for state evaluation purposes, using the Washington Alternative Assessment system.

    6.  Community-Based Transition Program. This program support is for IEP students 18-21 years old.  The program was developed to address transition from public school to community services, employment, housing, and recreation.  Its focus is on developing employment and community access skills through community-based experiences.  Students are individually scheduled in a mixture of community and transition based activities.  Amount and time of service is determined through the IEP process.

    7.  K-12 Resource Model is a service delivery model that serves identified special education students assigned to a general education classroom for more than 1/2 of the school day.  Specially designed instruction may be provided in the general education classroom or in a specialized setting.

    8.  Related Services include transportation services, occupational and physical therapy, vision services, speech language therapy, school psychological services, school health services, and classified staff services, as well as other developmental and corrective services that assist eligible students to benefit from special education.