Special Education Courses & Faculty


Below are descriptions of the special education courses offered at Elmwood Park High School. To see a listing of special education faculty, use this link for quick access:

Learn more about our program by visiting Special Education at EPHS.


Courses


RESOURCE — READING/WRITING

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

This program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12. Resource offers individualized support and accommodations in the areas of reading and writing (and social studies) for students that are aligned to their individualized education plan. Students receive support with content area subjects and study skills, and they learn strategies to adequately compensate for an identified disability area. This is a repeatable credit course.


RESOURCE — MATH

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

This program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12. Resource offers individualized support and accommodations in the area of math (and science) for students that are aligned to their individualized education plan. Students receive support with content area subjects and study skills, and they learn strategies to adequately compensate for an identified disability area. This is a repeatable credit course.


REAL-LIFE APPLICATIONS I

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

9, 10

Placement based on IEP

This course is designed to equip students upon their transition into high school with the necessary real-life skills needed to live independently, successfully manage the high school environment and thrive in the world post-secondary. The class will focus on social skills, study skills and executive functioning skills.


REAL-LIFE APPLICATIONS II

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester)

11, 12

Placement based on IEP

This course is designed to equip students with the necessary real-life skills needed to live independently and thrive in the world beyond high school. The class will focus on transition planning, daily living skills, independent functioning and occupational skills.


CO-TAUGHT COURSES

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

0.5 (one semester) or 1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

Courses offered in a co-taught model include a general education teacher as well as a special education teacher. These courses are offered based upon student need as indicated within their individualized education plan. Co-taught courses are subject to the class-size ratio requirements per special education legislation.


INSTRUCTIONAL ACADEMIC COURSES

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

1.0 (two semesters)

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

Instructional special education classes are available in the areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies, health and consumer education. These classes are taught by teachers with a special education license and are subject to the class-size requirements per special education legislation. The course outcomes for instructional classes are based upon the outcomes of the general education core course, with modifications to material and resources to ensure appropriate levels of instruction to meet the needs of students with IEPs.


EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS PROGRAM

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

Various

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

The emotional supports program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12 who have been identified as having behavioral, social and/or emotional disabilities that adversely impact their participation within the general education environment. This is a supportive, specialized program that emphasizes modification of behaviors and uses daily instruction to support the development of appropriate behavior, social skills and responses. Behavior modification procedures and techniques are used to address individualized goals for each student. In addition, a number of support services are used to assist students.


CORE PROGRAM

CREDIT

GRADE LEVEL

PREREQUISITE

Various

9, 10, 11, 12

Placement based on IEP

This program is designed for students in grades 9 through 12 who have been identified as having disabilities that inhibit their participation within the general education learning environment. Students who participate in the CORE program require an alternative curriculum that is based on developing functional academic, independent-living, social, language and employment skills at cognitively appropriate levels.


Faculty


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William Baldridge

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Celia Davenport

Teacher | Special Education | Transition | EPHS

Alexander DiGrino

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Bridget Flood

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Paul Fredericks

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Joseph Furst

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Joshua Heinen

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Brian Hoffmeister

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Kristen Kazuk

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Kathy Lizak

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

Dylan Mack

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS

James Nakatsuka

Teacher | Special Education | EPHS