Special Services

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We began offering Special Services at Kirk Day School in 1995 to assist covenant children identified with specific learning differences, which include mild to moderate learning disabilities, attentional skills as well as the academically talented, in developing the necessary skills to achieve their God-designed potential. Individualized and smaller group instruction is provided using a wide variety of educational approaches known to utilize and enhance the student's strengths while addressing their academic and social concerns.

Eligibility

Special Services support is available to students in first through sixth grades who possess cognitive abilities within the normal range and have been determined to have a primary educational need in the areas of learning disabilities, language disorders, attention deficits, or superior achievement potential as demonstrated through a standardized evaluation.

Current Programs

Consult:  Consult Services are available to assist classroom teachers and parents in developing program modifications for students demonstrating mild learning deficits, behavioral concerns, or superior academic potential.  All instruction is carried out in the general education classroom.  An Individualized Support Plan (ISP) is developed for each child receiving modified or alternative curriculum.  The Special Services Consultant works in cooperation with the classroom teacher, parents and other professional services where appropriate.

Resource Room:  The Resource Program is designed to serve students with mild deficits in academic skill areas, developmental delays, and/or other special learning needs.  The Resource Teacher assesses educational needs and provides assistance in designing and implementing instructional programs and interventions directed toward the remediation of reading or other academic deficits.  Students in grades one through six receive supplemental or alternative instruction individually and/or in small groups.  An Individualized Support Plan (ISP) is developed for each child receiving Resource Services.  The Resource Teacher works in cooperation with the classroom teacher, parents, and other professional services where appropriate.

Intensive Classrooms:  Three intensive classroom programs have been created to assist students identified with moderate learning deficits. The Lower/1st and 2nd grade, Middle/3rd and 4th grade, and upper/5th and 6th grade classes are limited in size to ensure a smaller student-teacher ratio.  An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed for each student.  Multisensory remedial instruction is provided in all age-appropriate subjects.  Students also receive instruction in organization, study, and social skills.  A personal understanding of unique learning differences and self-advocacy skills is also encouraged.

Application Process

Students must be accepted into KDS through the regular enrollment process. Copies of all previous academic information and recent psycho-educational evaluations must be reviewed by the Special Services staff. Application may be made at any time. Early application is advised, due to limited enrollment. Current KDS students are given first consideration, and new students will be accepted as space is available.