Special Education Services
Our philosophy is to provide students with abilities, opportunities and tools to live successful adult lives. We are fully committed to teaching our students to advocate on their own behalf and to be as autonomous as each individual student is capable. Our program services a wide spectrum of student needs.
The Low Incidence program focuses on each individual student’s needs in the traditional academic areas as well as in social skills learning, community based education, personal care, and life skills. This program is primarily for students with more severe and profound disabilities. The classroom setting is smaller and caters to the individual needs of the students by providing more intense paraprofessional and teacher support. Students will make their course requests with a Special Education teacher either in the classroom or in their P.E. class.
The High Incidence program encompasses students with mild disabilities. Students are provided supports in accordance with their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). These supports include: a resource program, consult services, co‐taught classrooms, and/or health and social/emotional support services. The Resource Program provides personalized academic support in a small group resource setting, depending on individual needs. Resource services are provided throughout the day and are provided per student IEP minutes. In addition, Special Ed and Gen Ed (general education) teachers collaborate in order to modify classroom curriculum based on each student's unique needs. The Special Education Department will also help students who struggle in key areas, i.e. math and reading, through smaller group settings called workshops. Students will make their course requests with the general education students either in their P.E. courses (freshmen and sophomores) or in College Knowledge for Juniors (juniors).
The Counseling Department works with students and families on academic, career/college, and personal/social learning and concerns. We accomplish this through a variety of means, including classroom teaching (College Knowledge for Seniors, College Knowledge for Juniors, Mentorship and Leadership), guidance lessons taught primarily in the classroom (Freshman Fridays), small group counseling (on such issues as stress management, grief, and academic support), and individual counseling in the above three domains (academic, career/college, and personal/social).
As we work with the entire student body, individual services are only a small portion of what we do. For students and families needing more intensive supports – whether for college coaching or personal/social issues or another concern – an outside referral is often necessary.
We are all counseling generalists, which means that we work with a caseload of students (and their families) across all domains. Therefore, for any questions or concerns, it is best to contact a student’s counselor directly.
Our caseloads are divided as follows:
Ms. Erica White, All Freshmen
Mrs. Latoya Hudson, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors A‐G
Mrs. Sajida Syed, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors H‐O
Mrs. Tamara Driver, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors P‐Z
We are happy to hear from you and to field your questions and comments. Even if your inquiries are not related to counseling, we can hopefully help you find the right person at JCP to assist you.