Special Education Highlights and Special Programs

  • Passaic Valley Regional High School has introduced a Co Teaching Model.

    • Students are afforded ‘equal access’ to the general education curriculum and are educated with their non-disabled peers
    • Students will have the opportunity to work with one or both general education teacher and special education teacher
    • Research states that more time in general education increases standardized test scores in math and reading, fewer absences, fewer disruptive referrals and better outcomes in employment and independent living.
    • Curriculum standards will be modified where needed and supplementary assistance will be provided.

    Mainstreamed Classes With An Aide

    • In addition to general mainstreaming, students can be placed in classes with the assistance of an aide five days a week in both Math and Science classes

    Reading Classes and Reading Remediation

    • The course Literature Connections will service reading issues.
    • The above will be split into two tiers. The first tier will be a mixed class of students with disabilities and general education students. The second tier will be just for special education students.
    • The class will meet 5x a week and students will get credit for the course.

    PV/Bergen ABA Program

    • Based on the principles of applied behavior analysis
    • Life Skills
    • Field Trips weekly (Walgreens, ShopRite, Local Laundromat, etc.)
    • Peer Participation Program (25 General Education students volunteered to work with students with autism, socialize with them in Teen Center, Art Class, Physical Education Class, Culinary Class)

    Multiple Disabilities Class

    • Expanded Life Skills in all of the curriculum
    • Increased Field Trips
    • Staff trained by State Transition Expert, Bill Freeman in Community Based Instruction

    Work Study Program expanded including work with Kohls, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Day Care, etc.