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Special Education

The Berlin Public School System is strongly committed to supporting students in their least restricted environment. The special education services provided to our students have been developed to support this concept. We believe that a continuum of placement options must be provided to meet the unique and individual needs of our students. Students may be serviced in a variety of settings which include: co-teaching within the general education classroom, learning center, semi-self-contained classroom, self-contained classroom, transition within the community, and out of district placements.

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COURSE OFFERINGS:

LEARNING STRATEGIES - GR 9 OR 10

LC22005G12 
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9 or 10

The purpose of this course is to offer students an opportunity to receive remediation and specialized instruction in their area of need which will enable them to be successful in their classes and monitor their progress towards their goals and objectives. Specialized instruction will be offered in reading, writing, numeracy, and transition skills.

LEARNING STRATEGIES - GR 11 OR 12

LC22005G22
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 11 or 12

The purpose of this course is to offer students an opportunity to receive remediation and specialized instruction in their area of need which will enable them to be successful in their classes and monitor their progress towards their goals and objectives. Specialized instruction will be offered in reading, writing, numeracy, and transition skills.

ALTERNATIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES

LC22207G
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9, 10, 11 or 12

The purpose of this course is to offer special education students whose exceptionality impacts their ability to problem solve, socialize and communicate with others at an age appropriate level. The overall focus is on teaching social, life and communication skills so that these students are able to develop into independent problem solvers, selfadvocators and lifelong learners and productive members of society.

STRUCTURED STUDY SUPPORT A

LC22203G12
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 9 or 10

The purpose of this course is to provide a structured study hall and/or time for remediation. Students will be made accountable for maintaining a planner, keeping an organized notebook, and bringing the appropriate materials. Students will receive instruction in test-taking strategies, note-taking, and study skills. Enrollment is determined by a PPT and/or consultation between the School Counselor and the SAT team. Students may have the option to take this course for ó year based on their academic progress for 0.5 credit

STRUCTURED STUDY SUPPORT A

LC22203G22
Full Year 1.00 credit
Grades 11 or 12

The purpose of this course is to provide a structured study hall and/or time for remediation. Students will be made accountable for maintaining a planner, keeping an organized notebook, and bringing the appropriate materials. Students will receive instruction in test-taking strategies, note-taking, and study skills. Enrollment is determined by a PPT and/or consultation between the School Counselor and the SAT team. Students may have the option to take this course for 1/2 year and .50 credit based on their academic progress.

LEARNING CENTER MATH

LC02002B
Full Year 1.00 credit

Concentration of instruction is placed on each individual's needs which could include an intensive review of the four basic operations with whole numbers, fractions and decimals, percentages, geometry, practical math skills essential to everyday living and specific vocations or trades. Pre-algebra skills are offered for advanced students.

LEARNING CENTER ENGLISH - GR 9, LEARNING CENTER ENGLISH - GR 10, LEARNING CENTER ENGLISH - GR 11, LEARNING CENTER ENGLISH - GR 12

LC01001B Learning Center English – Gr 9
LC01002B Learning Center English – Gr 10
LC01003B Learning Center English – Gr 11
LC01004B Learning Center English – Gr 12
Full Year 1.00 credit

This course is structured for students who need to improve their knowledge and usage of basic English and written expression skills. Areas addressed may include spelling, vocabulary, grammar, word usage, paragraph development, creative writing, reference/research skills, and literature.

LEARNING CENTER READING

LC01068B
Full Year 1.00 credit

This course is for students who significantly struggle in the areas of reading comprehension, fluency, vocabulary, and/or decoding/encoding. To improve these skills, specialized instruction, based on the student’s areas of need and current reading level, is provided. Explicit instruction provides students with the thinking processes and strategies to improve their reading skills.

LEARNING CENTER SOCIAL STUDIES - CIVICS, LEARNING CENTER SOCIAL STUDIES - US HISTORY

Learning Center Civics
Full Year      Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12

Students will study the historical and contemporary conflicts of constitutional principles. They will investigate the rights and responsibilities of citizens. This course is offered every other year.

Learning Center US History

Learning Center US History

Full Year    Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
This course is designed for students requiring an alternate approach to acquiring grade level history

standards. It will focus on 20th century United States American History with a strong emphasis on its connection to the world today. Three different thematic units will be explored including: foreign policy, social justice, and economics. This course will continue to prepare learners to be responsible and informed citizens who are ready to contribute to American society. This course is offered every other year.

WORK AND BEYOND

LC22153B Work and Beyond
Full Year 1.0 Credit

This course is designed to meet the individual needs of students, who will be seeking employment upon graduation from Berlin High School. A supervised work study component is included. Offered to special education students in grades 11 and 12, whose exceptionality impacts their abilities to function within the high school setting.

Special Education Group Photo

Department Members:

Nicole Carrasquillo
Ashley Cassello
Katie Cormier
Leonilda DiTomasso
Janice Gregerick
Leigh Kerelejza
Pam Lynch
Chloe Sheridan
Julianne Smith
Jennifer Vitelli
Lori Wright