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SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Special Education Program

In compliance with federal and state regulations and local procedures for managing the special education process, the Isle of Wight County School Division offers a comprehensive program of services for students with disabilities, ages 2 through 21 inclusive. This program includes services in the schools for the following special education categories identified in federal and state regulations: Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Developmental: age 5-6, Emotional Disability, Hearing Impairment/Deaf, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment including blindness. Related services are provided if deemed appropriate by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Committee. Vocational evaluations and training opportunities are provided beginning at age 14 if determined to be necessary by the IEP Committee. The educational program for each student with a disability is determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is designed by the school-based IEP team that includes parents, educators, and related service providers. The IEP team develops goals and objectives/benchmarks to assist a student with disabilities to access the general education curriculum using special education services as supports at the frequency and duration deemed necessary. Students with disabilities at the high school level may work toward the same diplomas awarded to their non-disabled peers. Students with disabilities must complete the same required courses and verified credits as their non-disabled peers to earn each diploma. Upon meeting the goals of their IEP, certain students with disabilities may receive a Special Diploma.
 
Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program (SECEP)

The Southeastern Cooperative Educational Program (SECEP) is a regional, educational program providing services to students identified as having an emotional disturbance, autism, or intellectual disability with interfering behavioral concerns. All screenings, referrals, evaluations, initial Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and recommendations for placement are made by the Isle of Wight County School Division. Revisions are made to the initial placement IEP by the SECEP staff with parent and division input.
 
English-as-a-Second Language Program

The English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) program helps limited-English-proficient students achieve proficiency in English so they can make satisfactory achievement in the regular school program. Instruction is provided to help students succeed in the English Standards of Learning and other content areas. Emphasis is placed on the development of communication skills in English. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing are emphasized. All ESL students must take a language placement test when they initially enroll. Additionally, ESL students must take a federally mandated English language proficiency test each spring. Required verified credits for graduation vary depending on the year in which the student first enters public high school in Virginia. Students and their parents should consult the guidance department for specific information.
 
Summer School Programs (Pending availability of funds)

A student who does not pass the English or mathematics class or the English or mathematics Standards of Learning test will be required to attend summer school as a prerequisite for being considered for promotion. Performance in summer school will be a factor in the consideration for promotion. Other factors may be considered at the principalā€™s discretion. There is usually no fee for students to attend the middle school summer program.
 
Gifted Education

Identified gifted students are cluster grouped in core academic classes: English, history/social science, mathematics, and science. Differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the gifted student is a focus in all content area classes. Identified gifted students are also provided services by a gifted resource teacher to further promote independent research, enrichment reading, creative writing, and problem-solving projects.