The Special Education Department at KenstonHigh School provides educational services for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP). A continuum of services to address the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) at the high school level is provided including regular class placement with consultative services, regular class placement with a support time, co-taught classes, and intervention resource room classes.
Students qualify for services through a Multifactored Evaluation process. The specific needs for each child are determined when the team, consisting of parents, administrators, educators, the student, and other critical agency or support people, meets at the annual review to write a new IEP. The student’s schedule is based upon the needs addressed in the IEP, the recommendation of the regular education teacher, and requests of the parents and student.
Intervention classes that parallel specific areas such as Math, English, History, and Science are offered as determined by the student’s IEP team recommendation. The department also offers transition-oriented programs, for credit, outside the school setting.
Strategies for Success and Functional Life Skills are electives that are highly recommended by the IEP team for ninth-grade students based on IEP goals, and enrollment is encouraged for selected IEP students from other grades. Descriptions of the courses are listed under the heading “Intervention” in the course booklet (See Kenston Website).
In addition, the department guides each special education student through the process of transitioning from high school to adult living. Special education students are recommended to receive a vocational /career evaluation through the Career Resources Office to help them choose a career goal and/or develop a transition plan. The results are reviewed with the IEP team to make decisions regarding off-campus programs. These programs are offered for credit to build employability skills for the future. Some students choose to attend a vocational program at Auburn Career Center or through the Geauga County Educational Service Center.