Henry Ngai & Karina Ochoa
There are two special day classes at Mountain View School that are designed to meet the educational needs of children with developmental disabilities.
The primary class taught has students in 2nd through 4th grade and the upper grade class taught has students in 4th through 6th grade. Each class also has instructional assistants that work closely with the teacher to provide individual or small group instruction to the students.
All the students have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is written, implemented, and reviewed annually with input from the parents, therapists, teachers, and administrator. It is developmentally planned and based on the child’s present skills and needs. Specific goals and objectives are taught in the following subjects:
- Written Language
- Math Concepts and Applications
- Independent Functioning
- Behavior/Social Skills
There are therapists also available should a student need specific attention in any of the following areas:
- Speech & Language Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Hard of Hearing Services
- Adaptive Physical Education
- Medical Support
- Counseling Services
In addition to classroom and therapy work, the children visit the library and computer lab once a week. They are also offered many opportunities to mainstream with their grade level peers at lunch, recess, assemblies, fieldtrips, special projects, as well as the specialist classes of science, art, music, and physical education. Instructional assistants support the students when they integrate into the general education program by offering assistance and modifying the core curriculum.
The special education team works collaboratively with many school professionals and the family to ensure that each student has a program that is stimulating, encouraging, and supports their individual learning styles.