Pupil Services Programs

  • Preschool

    The Early Childhood Education programs are located at Buckley Elementary School, Keeney Elementary School, Manchester High School, and the Manchester Preschool Center. These classes are inclusive and comprised of three to five year-old children with and without special needs. There are seven classes in total and provide young children with half or full day programming. Students are referred to the Early Childhood Education program from a variety of sources: parents, community based preschools, State of Connecticut Birth to Three Program, area preschools, and local pediatricians. The special education teacher is the lead educator in these programs and is supported by a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, physical therapist, behavior analyst, and paraprofessionals. The curriculum is in accordance with the Connecticut Early Learning Standards with the caveat of providing individualized instruction based on student’s unique needs.   View more information and an application for the Peer Model Program.

    Elementary School (K-5)

    The Learning Center in all Elementary Schools, offer support both in and out of the general education classroom for children with identified special needs. The core content area curriculum includes, but is not limited to, systematic instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. Related services are offered both in and out of general education classes.

    There are classrooms located at Martin and Bowers Elementary School that are designed for children who demonstrate more significant disabilities that require intensive systematic instruction. Instruction is delivered in a high student staff ratio with related services personnel working directly with students and consulting to classroom staff. Opportunities for maximum participation with non-disabled peers are always on the forefront.

    Students with multiple special needs are afforded individualized supports in small learning environments. They receive services from the speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, and physical therapist, and social worker as specified by their Individual Education Plans. Opportunities for maximum participation with non-disabled peers are always on the forefront.

    Students with significant emotional and behavioral difficulties are provided with individualized supports in small learning environments.  Behavioral intervention plans and contracts are developed and implemented for each student. The school social worker provides group an individual counseling, as well as family support.  Opportunities for maximum participation with non-disabled peers are always on the forefront.

    Intermediate School (5-6)

    The opportunities at the Intermediate School mirror those of the elementary. The emphasis is to support student’s unique learning needs in general education classes. Co-taught classes for mathematics and language arts are offered.  In addition, specialized reading classes for decoding, phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension are available.

    Middle School (7-8)

    The opportunities at the Middle School level mirror those of the elementary. The emphasis is to support student’s unique learning needs in general education classes. Co-taught classes for mathematics and language arts are offered.  In addition, specialized reading classes for decoding, phonemic awareness, fluency, and comprehension are available.

    High School (9-12)

    The high school offers the same opportunities as the Middle School with the addition of more co-taught classes, various electives, and transition planning. The case managers assist with student’s acquiring independent living skills, opportunities for community participation, and post- secondary planning.