Students With Special Needs
Girls Prep Lower East Side Elementary School is an inclusive school, and actively seeks to recruit and serve students with special needs. The school has a talented Learning Specialist Coordinator who oversees services and assists teachers and families with the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process. We serve students with special needs in a variety of settings, depending on their needs. We use push-in, pull-out, and inclusion settings.
Inclusive classrooms are called Collaborative Team Teaching Classrooms (CTT). Two teachers lead CTT classrooms; one is special education certified and the other is certified in general education. CTT classrooms use all six co-teaching models, including parallel teaching, team teaching, one teach/one observe, one teach/one assist, station-teaching, and alternative teaching. We use flexible grouping, so that students work with both teachers and with both special education and general education students.
Learning Specialists offer Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS). We also partner with talented Speech Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists to meet students’ needs. We have a full-time Licensed Clinical Social Worker who supports students who require counseling.
Our school is a member of the NYC Charter School Special Education Collaborative, where staff members can access professional development and resources for instruction.
Watch these brief video to learn more about services at Girls Prep Lower East Side.