602 F Street
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: 219-362-3102 Fax: 219-324-2142

Principal: Mr. Ben Tonagel
Associate Principal: Mr.Scott Upp

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Special Education Department

Special/Mild Support Area

English 9 Lit/ English 9 Comp - These classes are general education curriculum classes. See course discription under the English Department in the program of studies. They are taught at a slower pace and provide students more direct support.

English 10 Lit/ English Comp - These classes are general education curriculum classes.  See course Descriptions under the English Department in the Program of Studies. They are taught at a slower pace and provide student more direct support.

Study Skills - This course is designed to provide students with a means of acquiring, evaluating and applying information received in classroom situations. It will attempt to improve the student's ability to study and learn. Through various learning/studying strategies, the goal for the students will be to gain a greater understanding about how they learn and how to take responsibility for their own learning. Tutorial help with regular class assignments will also be available.

Communications - This is a year long course opened to freshmen and sophomores. Students will participate in a variety of simulated activities using the telephone. Students will practice making appointments, calling 911 and handling emergency situations and calling to obtain information.

Biology A and B - Classes are taught alternating years within the department and every year in the co-taught environment. All classes use general education curriculum. In department classes are taught at a slower pace with more direct support and supplementary materials.

Math Essentials - This course is structured for developing better computational skills and applying them to everyday living, i.e. figuring mileage, reading recipes, and using a checking account. Determining what process to use in computing story problems will also be stressed.

Government - This course focuses on the foundations of democracy in the United States and on the foundations of  Federal, state, and local governments. Individual responsibilities and  rights are examined to allow students to gain the knowledge they need to become informed citizens.

Pre-Algebra - This is a two-semester course for the student that wants to be able to move onto algebra but needs further skill training in order to be able to do so successfully. Topics include: Whole numbers, integers, rationals, decimal and their applications, number theory, ratios, and equations.

Algebra1,2,3 - All courses use general education curriculum. In department taught classes, pace may be slower. More direct assistance will be given and supplementary materials may be provided. Course will be taught using Indiana State Standards.

Vocations - Students will examine traditional and not-traditional ways of obtaining a job, retaining a job, and ways to avoid getting fired. Filling out job applications and interview techniques will also be covered.

Transitions for Post-Secondary Education & Training - This is a one semester course for juniors and seniors interested in post-secondary education. Students will investigate college and vocational school opportunities.

English Essentials - This course will aid students in improving their skills in the areas of written expression, vocabulary development, and study skills as well as furthering their appreciation and knowledge of literature. It will include English skill Training for the workplace.

English 11 Comp & Lit - These courses use the general education curriculum for 11th and 12th grade English. The courses will aid students in improving their skills in the areas of written expression, vocabulary development, and study skills, appreciation and knowledge of American authors from colonial to contemporary. Students will respond in discussion and writing. All skills taught will focus on Indiana English standards.

Science Essentials - This is a basic science class that covers both earth science concepts and biology concepts on alternating years. It does not use general education curriculum. It provides students skill training key biology and earth science concepts related to every day life.

Earth Science A and B - Taught every year in department and co-taught. In department classes are taught at a slower pace with more direct support and supplementary materials. All classes use general education curriculum.

Adult Roles and Responsibilities - Students will develop competencies in areas of daily living, personal and social skills, and in occupational and guidance preparation for adult life. This course will focus on the young adult student transitioning  from high school to community living. Self-advocacy and citizenship skills will also be covered. This course is a two semester course and will involve community speakers and community visits to places of business and assistance.

Geography - Will be offered on alternating years This course will use general education curriculum. It will be taught at a slower pace and more direct assistance will be available.

United States History - Course will use general education curriculum. In Department classes may move at a slower pace and more direct support for students who need it.

Health - Course will use general education curriculum. In department classes may move at a slower pace and will provide more direct support for students who need it.

Work Experience - Students in this program must be able to work independently. They must locate their own job. This job can be paid or volunteer. Program staff will contact their employer for information on their work performance and to inquire if they can be of any help. Students must have their own transportation to work and home, or back to school. Students must fill out an application with the Work Experience Program Coordinator. They may work up to two class periods daily during 4th and 5th periods.

Work Skills Training - Students will learn job attitudes and skills directed toward successful job experiences.

Work Skills - Students will be exposed to two or more community work experiences.

Functional Community Based Area

Communication - This is a year long course opened to freshmen and sophomores. Students will participate in a variety of simulated activities using the telephone. Students will practice making appointments, calling 911 and handling emergency situations, and calling to obtain information.

Life Skills - Students in this course will receive training in various community settings such as various types of stores, the post office, banks, restaurants, etc. Students will learn and practice actual life skills needed for independent living.

Basic PE/Recreation - This course will provide students an avenue for discovering their own leisure interests by setting their own leisure  goal, pursuing materials, appointments, transportation, etc. needed to meet that goal and when possible entering the community to participate in the leisure activity.

Foods/Nutrition - In this course the student will develop and utilize a variety of skills for purchasing and preparing their own meals.  Students will learn to follow cooking directions, use measurement, and cooking tools and utensils.  Basic nutrition and cooking safety will be taught.

Consumer Skills - This course will focus on money and time management skills. Budgeting skills will be addressed. There will also be emphasis on management of personal space and belongings.

Junior/Senior Job Skills - Students will focus on job attitudes and behaviors that will help them secure and maintain successful employment. Students will learn self-advocacy strategies and develop consumer-based service plans.

Community-Based Job Training - Admission to the training program occurs via the students IEP and is the decision of the staff. This program is available to Juniors and Seniors.

In-School Job Training - Students will do a variety of work tasks within the school environment. This will provide students with the opportunity for functional work experience

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