Special education services are provided per a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) which is developed in partnership with the student’s parents/guardian, a representative from the student’s home school district and his/her educational team at Meeting Street. Each IEP is personalized to include goals, objectives and services to meet each student’s unique needs so that he/she will grow and learn. A wide variety of services are included but not limited to educational, therapeautic (Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy, Physical Therapy), transition, career work readiness, behavioral, and Adaptive Physical Education.
IEP stands for Individual Education Plan and they are developed for students that have been identified as qualifying for special education services. IEPs can include goals on a variety of areas such as educational, communication, mobility, social emotional, etc.
Tuition for students with IEPs who are referred by their school district and accepted into The Grace School is payed for by the school district.
The Grace School offers a highly individualized program with small class size that allows our teachers, assistants, and therapists the opportunity to work closely with each student. Per a child’s IEP, additional supports such as individual nursing care and 1:1 teacher assistants can also be found in our classrooms.
While each child’s plan is individualized we incorporate the goals and skills they are working on across all contents areas including English Learning Arts, math, science, adaptive physical education, and art and music classes. Additionally, they receive therapy services per their IEP, in addition to life and social skills. Our students also receive weekly instruction in American Sign Language (ASL).
The school day runs from 8:00 am - 2:45 pm each day.
Yes, for students with special needs. Our ESY program runs for eight full weeks in the summer, Monday-Friday, from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Students must qualify for ESY services, which is determined annually at the student’s IEP meeting.
Absolutely! At Meeting Street we believe all children should have the opportunity to socialize with their peers. To assist our students we build social time and play into our daily lessons and activities. We also focus on socialization skills during career work readiness and recreational activities, as well as community outings.
In The Early Learning Center and The Grace School, students are in fully inclusive classroom, Preschool-Grade 8. All day, every day, they learn, work and play alongside and with their same age peers that do not have a disability.
Our students attend field trips and community outing, including career to work readiness job sites, which are varied based on the student’s age and educational needs. Outings often focus on skills in one or more areas such as academic need, career and work readiness skills, and recreation/leisure activities.
At Meeting Street we believe one of the biggest factors in a child’s achievements is the support and involvement of their family. We encourage all parents/guardians to communicate with their child’s teachers and therapists on a regular basis. We utilize a variety of daily communication tools such as a daily log for each student where school staff and families can communicate and share information, apps such as Remind and Brightwheel and a listserv. Parents/Guardians are also encouraged to email their child’s teachers and therapists as well.
Family members are encouraged to participate in our Family Advisory Council, Parent Meetings and conferences. In addition, all of our educational programs offer a variety family events such as a science fair, Harvestfest, field day, movie nights and a prom.
Our teachers and staff believe that the best advocates for our students are their parent/guardian. To that end we collaborate with them and their school districts to identify their child’s needs and strengths. Through our work with the parent committees and groups, we are able to help families outreach and support each other as they work with their home school districts and treatment providers to develop the most comprehensive and beneficial plans of care possible.
At Meeting Street we have a behavior specialist on staff that works closely with our staff and families to develop behavior support plans that are based on Applied Behavioral Analysis concepts. However, our program is not appropriate for students with significant behavioral needs.
At Meeting Street we have a wide range of adaptive equipment for our students to use and trial. This includes motorized lifts, gait trainers, braces, adaptive bicycles, walkers, and feeding utensils. We will also work with families and their school districts to review and identify additional equipment needs that an individual student may need.
Under the direction of our Speech and Language Therapists (SLP), our staff utilize augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to assist our students use and expand their communication skills throughout the day. Types of ACC include but are not limited to picture symbols, Voice Output Communicators, switches, modular hose mounting systems, iPads and tablet devices loaded with various communication based applications.
We have a vision and O+M specialist that works on site as a consultant each week with our educators and therapists.
We can accommodate children at all levels of developmental needs. Under the direction and guidance of our school therapists, individual toileting plans are developed for our students and staff is then trained prior to implementing those plans.