Special Education Programs

  • The Randolph Public Schools District is committed to providing a continuum of services that offers students the opportunity to access the general curriculum in the district in the least restrictive environment.

    The Special Education and Pupil Services Department is the umbrella for a variety of programs that help students achieve academically, personally and socially.  This includes oversight of special education, guidance, school counseling, nursing, McKinney-Vento, foster care,  504 Plans and the integrated preschool program. Services are designed in alignment with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state laws to meet the needs of Randolph Public Schools students. These services are provided at no cost to students who qualify.

    The Special Education Department works with the schools and families to provide special education programs and services to school age children who have special needs.

    The special education services are for students who have a disability that impacts the student's academic performance and requires an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to access the curriculum. At Randolph Public Schools, we believe that students are educated in the least restrictive environment (i.e., general education classroom). The Special Education Department is responsible for providing direct specialized instruction to approximately 600 students with disabilities between the ages  of  three  and  twenty-two.

    The Special Education Department oversees programmatic responsibilities for  students attending  in-district  public  schools,  local  private/parochial  schools,  as  well  as  Randolph students  placed  by  the  district  at  special  education  collaborative programs  or  private special  education  schools.  In  addition  to  instructional  responsibilities,  the  department  coordinates related  services,  evaluative  assessments, specialized transportation, assistive technology, legally mandated extended school year programming, and other specialized services. The  department  is  also  responsible  for  the  provision  of  special  education  related  professional  development,  child  find,  data  management, and parent outreach.


    Specialized Student Programs:

    PRE-K PROGRAM
    Location:  JFK Elementary School Ages 3-5

    The Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program is designed to promote a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, provides an environment in which children with identified disabilities may learn both with and from peers with typical abilities in an inclusive setting.  Although primarily provided to serve children with special needs, the Integrated Pre-Kindergarten Program features a comprehensive language-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum designed to meet the needs of a variety of learners.  In those classrooms, children from the community presenting with typical abilities are invited to join as Peer Partners to work, talk, and play alongside children with special needs.  This partnership enhances the social, language, and overall academic development of all. 


    RISE PROGRAM

    Location: JFK Elementary School, Grades K-5

    The RISE Program is designed to meet the learning needs of students who require significant behavioral, social, communication, and/or academic supports based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in order to access the curriculum. This program primarily serves students with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Social-Communication Disorder, or related developmental disabilities who require individualized instruction tailored to their unique needs using a developmentally- appropriate, multi-sensory approach.  Students are generally working below grade-level expectations on at least one core academic area (e.g. reading, written expression, math) and require substantial curriculum modifications and/or supplemental and alternative curricula in order to meet their learning needs. Instructional approaches may include discrete trial teaching for students who are working on foundational skills and direct instruction in core academic areas. All students also participate in social skills groups that follow specific curricula designed for students with social pragmatic needs (e.g. Social Thinking, etc.), facilitated by the classroom teacher and Speech-Language Pathologist, with ongoing instruction in social communication skills embedded into the classroom throughout the day to help students with generalization.  Data collection is an important aspect of the program and is utilized on an ongoing basis to closely monitor students’ progress towards individualized goals and curriculum standards.

    Inclusion opportunities are provided for all students on an individualized determination focusing on the child’s specific strengths, and may include participation in the general education classroom for academics (e.g. math, science), specials, lunch and recess. The goal of inclusion is to support students in generalizing their skills with same-age peers and to foster connections between students and the larger school community.

    The RISE Program is staffed by a certified special education teacher in each classroom and paraprofessionals who provide support to students both in the RISE classroom and during inclusion opportunities within the general education classroom.  Consultation from a Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) is provided to the team for all students in the program. Individual therapies provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, and School Adjustment Counselor are also delivered in the context of this program as deemed appropriate on an individualized basis.  


    GROW PROGRAM
    Location: Martin Young Elementary School, Grades K-5

    The GROW Program is designed to meet the needs of students who require significant specialized instruction in academics and embedded opportunities to practice functional communication, self-help, and social-emotional skills in order to address their complex learning needs. This program primarily serves students with a primary disability category of Intellectual Impairment or Developmental Delay who require targeted instruction tailored to their unique needs using a developmentally-appropriate, multi-sensory approach. Eligibility for the GROW program is determined on an individualized basis by the IEP Team using objective data from student assessments and progress reports when a student has not shown academic growth with other intensive supports in place using a tiered systems of support model. Students in the program require substantial curriculum modifications and/or supplemental and alternative curricula and are generally working on standards at the “access skills” or “entry points” level on at least two core academic areas (e.g. reading, written expression, math). All students also participate in activities of daily living (ADLs) with ongoing instruction in self-help skills and functional communication skills embedded into the classroom throughout the day to help students gain independence.

    Inclusion opportunities are provided for all students on an individualized determination focusing on the child’s specific strengths, and may include participation in the general education classroom for academics (e.g. science), specials, lunch and recess. The goal of inclusion is to support students in generalizing their skills with same-age peers and to foster connections between students and the larger school community.

    The GROW Program is staffed by a certified special education teacher in each classroom and paraprofessionals who provide support to students both in the GROW classroom and during inclusion opportunities within the general education classroom. Individual therapies provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist, Occupational Therapist, and Physical Therapist are delivered in the context of this program as deemed appropriate on an individualized basis.  Consultation from the district’s Board Certified Behavior Analysis (BCBA) is also available to the team for students in the program.


    THERAPEUTIC LEARNING CENTER
    Location: Lyons Elementary School, Grades K-5

    The Therapeutic Learning Center (TLC) is a program of self-contained classrooms available to students in grades Kindergarten through five. The program is located at the Lyons Elementary School (Lyons ES). These classrooms respond to the needs of student dealing with a variety of behavioral, social, therapeutic and academic issues. They provide small group instruction and benefit from a small student-to-staff ratio.


    INDEPENDENT LEARNING CENTER
    Location: Randolph Community Middle School, Grades 6-8

    The Independent Learning Centers (ILC) is a program of self-contained classrooms available to students in grades six-eight. The program is located at the Randolph Community Middle School (RCMS). These classrooms respond to the needs of students with intellectual impairments, who are unable to access grade-level curriculum and need to have material presented at a developmental-level, commensurate with their abilities. This program also provides services to students on the autism spectrum, and also provides small group instruction and a small student-to-staff ratio, consistent with strategies designed to promote academic and social success.


    INTENSIVE INDEPENDENT LEARNING CENTER
    Location: Randolph Community Middle School, Grades 6-8

    The Intensive Independent Learning Centers (l-ILC) at the Randolph Community Middle School, is designed for students, grades six-eight with significant developmental delays, intellectual, neurological, communication, health and multiple handicapping disabilities exhibited in a pronounced delay in learning and social development. Subjects are taught using a structured multi-sensory and systematic design with specialized instruction broken down into manageable parts and modified to meet the individual needs of students.


    LANGUAGE BASED    LEARNING CENTER

    Location: Randolph Community Middle School, Grades 6-8

    The Language Based Learning Center (LBLC) is designed for a small cohort of students, with language-based learning disabilities in the Randolph Community Middle School (grades six through eight) and Randolph High School (grades nine through twelve) who require a substantially separate language-based program to maximize learning. This highly structured, language-based program provides intensive specially designed instruction that is individualized based on student needs. In addition to providing instruction to maximize learning the development of a positive attitude, and the enhancement of self-esteem and self-confidence are major goals for each student. In order to ensure this success, students are grouped academically according to their strengths and areas of need as well as their learning level.


    PRE-VOCATIONAL PROGRAM
    Location: Randolph High School, Grades 9-PG

    The Pre-Vocational Program (PreVoc) is a program of self-contained classrooms at the Randolph High School, for grades nine through post grad, which provides specialized instruction to students whose primary disability is intellectual impairment. Students demonstrate a range of abilities and deficits in this program. Educational emphasis includes functional academics, life skills and transitional/vocational instruction.  Students typically receive related services, speech/language therapy, and counseling.


    INTENSIVE PRE-VOCATIONAL PROGRAM
    Location: Randolph High School, Grades 9-PG

    The Intensive Pre-Vocational (1-PreVoc) at the Randolph High School is designed for high school students, for grades nine through post grad, with significant developmental delays, intellectual, neurological, communication, health and multiple handicapping disabilities exhibited in a pronounced delay in learning and social development. Subjects are taught using a structured multi-sensory and systematic design with specialized instruction broken down into manageable parts and modified to meet the individual needs of students.


    AIM ACADEMY PROGRAM
    Location: Randolph High School, Grades 9-12

    AIM Academy is an alternative education program designed to provide students with the academic, behavioral and therapeutic support they require to function within the high school setting. AIM Academy is a general education program. We provide inclusion supports for students on IEPs. We deliver highly individualized services, programming, crisis intervention and behavioral supports.  This program primarily serves students who are significantly behind academically, missing credits, struggle with consistent attendance and participation, have social-emotional needs that impact their access to the curriculum and students who exhibit a lack of impulse control or overt acting-out behaviors that are demonstrated over a prolonged period and significantly extend beyond the norm of accepted classroom behavior.