Special Education

TOPS 9 (Transition,  Organization,  Planning, Study Skills) –  Full year
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

Ninth grade students who have an active IEP will participate in a one-credit structured course that focuses on skill development in the areas of Transition-Organization-Planning-Study Skills. Students will develop their emerging high school skills to increase their academic independence. Daily, students will participate in structured lessons that will help them develop and expand their skills in the areas of transition, personal organization, planning, time management and study skills.  Each class session will be split into two parts: direct instruction in a skill area and independent work time that is supported by staff members.  Students will earn a grade based on their participation in both components of the course.

TOPS (Transition – Organization – Planning – Study Skills) – Full year
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

This course is designed for students who have an active IEP and are in grades 10-12.  Students will receive guidance on how best to apply their individual learning strengths toward the study requirements for specific general education classes.  Students will also participate in activities related to transition, organization, planning and study skills.

CHECK-IN - Full year
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

This course is designed for students who have an active IEP and are in grades 10-12.  Students will receive guidance on how best to apply their individual learning strengths toward the study requirements for specific general education classes.  Students will also participate in activities related to transition, organization, planning and study skills.  This course offers flexibility in when students will meet and for how long as determined by their IEP.

MATH  - Full year
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

The math curriculum is based on the Minnesota Mathematics Content Standards and is geared towards Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals.  Through small group direct instruction, these courses incorporate basic math concepts, problems solving skills and math applications.  These courses are sequenced so that mastery of skills at each level will prepare students to succeed in a general education math course.
                -  Pre-Algebra
                -  Algebra Prep
                -  Geometry Prep
                -  Transition Math

LANGUAGE ARTS – Full year
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

The Language Arts curriculum offers a balanced program based on the Minnesota English/Language Arts Content Standards. These courses incorporate reading comprehension, writing, listening, and speaking skills.  It involves the study and analysis of novels and short stories.  It includes a strong emphasis on writing through the teaching of grammar, vocabulary and different types of essays.  These courses are sequenced so that mastery of skills at each level will prepare students to succeed in a general education English course.

                -  Language Arts I
                -  Language Arts II
                -  Transition English

TRANSITION SKILLS – 1 Sem
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

This class is designed for Junior and Seniors with an active IEP. Students will have the opportunity to explore career and education options. Students will also learn skills and strategies for independent living. This class will involve hands-on learning in a small group instructional setting. Topics to be covered in the class may include career exploration (completing job applications, resumes, and practicing job interview skills), managing personal finances, personal safety, housing, coping strategies and problem solving skills related to independent living, managing household responsibilities, and more.

LIFE SKILLS MATH – Full year

This small group course covers foundational math concepts such as basic math computation, and real-life math skills including money management, measurement, and time-telling.

LIFE SKILLS READING –Full Year

The purpose of this class is to increase students’ reading skills.  The areas upon which we will focus are fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and listening comprehension.  This group is taught in small group format focusing on goals specific to each student’s needs.  Students’ progress will be monitored closely, and instruction will be adjusted as needed

LIFE SKILLS FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE – 1 semester

The purpose of this class is to help students better understand themselves and their environment, and to increase overall independence with life skills. 
With this goal in mind: Students will work on developing their personal interests and goals through use of the Stanfield transition curriculum.  Students will have the opportunity to learn/practice cooking skills, kitchen safety skills, and other practical life skills.  Students will practice their written and social/communication skills within this class, and will spend time learning about current events.  Students will also participate in Morning Café and will attend weekly community outings.

LIFE SKILLS TRANSITION
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

This small group covers concepts related to employment- related learning experiences throughout the year. Students will participate in a variety of classroom projects, assignments, and activities to address their individualized transition needs in the area of vocation and job skills. Students will also participate in school- and community-based service learning.  Students will work on developing their personal interests and goals.  Students will practice their written and social/communication skills within this class, and will spend time learning about current events.

LIFE SKILLS SCIENCE
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

The science curriculum is based on the Minnesota Science Standards and is geared towards Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals. Through small group direct instruction, these courses incorporate science concepts and science applications to the real world. Students’ progress will be monitored closely, and instruction will be adjusted as needed.

SOCIAL AND TRANSITION SKILLS CLASS
Prerequisite:  As determined by IEP needs

High school students who have an active IEP will participate in a one-credit structured course that focuses on skill development in the following areas: social skills, transition skills and planning skills. Students will participate in structured lessons that will help them develop and expand their skills in the areas of organization, planning, completing a planner, social problem solving, behavior regulation, and relaxation. Students will earn a grade based on their participation in the course.