The Special Education Department at PV has evolved over the last few years and has added the following programs:
Co-Teaching, where two class teachers (general education and special education) actively engage in the teaching process and assume joint responsibility for planning and instruction. These classes have both general education and special education students with no more than 25 students per class.
The Co-Teaching program at Passaic Valley High School has also expanded and enhanced its catalogue. We will now have smaller than the above Co-Teaching enrollment classes, where the curriculum can be modified and expanded into a more individualized and customized pacing. The classes will not exceed 16 and will still have the Co-Teaching design of both a general education subject matter specialist and a special education teacher. These classes will be made up of “solely students with disabilities” as described in Chapter 14 of the Special Education Administrative Code Title 6A:14-4.7 (g) and “instructed by a general education teacher where an adapted curriculum is used…The instructional size may be increased with the addition of a classroom aide up to 16 students.” Instead of the code required aide, we upgraded these classes to include PV certified special education teachers.
PV/Bergen ABA Program is designed to meet academic, social, behavioral and vocational needs of students who need more support and time to increase their functional academic skills. The program offers individualized formats based on Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA). Services include occupational, physical and speech therapies, family training, home program coordination, augmentative communication assessment, behaviorist 4x week, Community Based Instruction trips weekly, partnership with “360 Gym” in Fairfield, PV Electives including Art, Photo, Media and Music, and have In-Class bathrooms and kitchen.
Special Education Self Contained Program includes Community Based Instruction trips weekly, Life Skills infused in all classes, Social Skills Group daily and a CBI/SLE certified Teacher of Students with Disabilities who will soon have their Behaviorist degree.