Students with disabilities who meet minimum graduation
requirements shall receive a regular diploma. In certain instances, because of the special
needs, students will not receive credit through completion of regular education courses.
Some students will require an alternative curriculum to meet their individual needs as
specified by their Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Transition Plan (ITP).
The following course outline for special education has been developed to enable school
staff to substitute special education classes for regular education classes in order for
students to earn required credits needed for graduation. (This procedure is in accordance
with Special Education Comprehensive Plan, Appendix A, Item C.)
The following course designations will be utilized only
when a student with disabilities requires an alternative curriculum in lieu of a regular
education course. A "rule of thumb" is that when a special education teacher is
responsible for assigning the student's grade, the special education course descriptions
outlined below would apply. All secondary schools are required to utilize the special
education course descriptions. It is permissible, however, to specify (after the general
course description) further class course delineations; e.g., Fundamentals of English 1, 2,
3 or 4 (depending on year); specifically, AVP Consumer English, etc.
Further, please keep in mind that some students with
disabilities will spend more years in school than typical students because of their
special needs. As a result, students could feasibly earn far beyond the forty-four
required credits necessary for graduation. Although this is permissible, students should
not earn all of their required credits in designated areas prior to the time of
anticipated graduation. Therefore, it may be necessary for students with disabilities to
take a number of courses as electives.
Finally, students with disabilities, as regular students,
should be assigned to a grade level. Inasmuch as some students may be required to remain
in school through their twenty-first birthday because of their unique needs, such students
will necessarily spend more than one year in the 12th grade and/or receive services
through a transition program.
Refer to the specific course content area through which the
special education class is offered.