Special Education

P.L.H.S. Special Education Program

Point Loma High School offers a full continuum of supports and services for students with Inpidualized Education Programs (IEPs). Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) and related services are provided for every student consistent with their IEPs. SAI supports may be provided by a special education staff member within the general education environment or in a separate/specialized setting.

Students with IEPs who are seeking credits towards their high school diploma receive instruction from "highly qualified" teachers in required academic and elective areas. Students needing more support beyond the general education environment have access to a variety of other supports and services throughout their day to meet their inpidualized needs as determined by the IEP team. Students may be supported in general education classrooms indirectly by a general education teacher consulting a special education service provider or directly with an additional special education teacher or paraeducator.

SAI supports within General Education include:

  • Co-teaching

Co-taught classes include a general education teacher teaming together with a special education teacher within the General Education class to support students with IEPs.

  • Collaboration

Collaborative classes are general education classes taught by a general education teacher and supported by a para-educator within that class to support students with IEPs.

  • Consultation

A special education teacher, para-educator or related service provider, communicates with a general education teacher as determined by the IEP; to collaborate and/or address any concerns. The education specialist, para-educator or related service provider may also meet with the inpidual students to address any concerns or difficulties the student may be experiencing

At Point Loma co-taught and collaborative SAI is focused in the following subjects:

English (co-taught and collaborative)
9-Advanced English 1,2
10-Advanced English 3,4
11-American Literature 1,2
12-Expository Reading & Writing 1, 2

Science (collaborative)
Physics 1, 2
Biology 1, 2
Chemistry 1, 2

Math (co-taught and collaborative)
Integrated Math I A/B
Integrated Math II A/B
Integrated Math III A/B

History (collaborative)
World History 1, 2
U.S. History 1, 2
Government/Economics


Point Loma High also offers SAI in separate settings.

  • Multilevel Classes

Multilevel classes are taught by a credentialed Mild/Moderate special education teacher in a separate classroom and provide specialized academic support for students with IEPs who are concurrently enrolled in a general education math and/or English class. Curriculum in these classes are paralleled with the general education curriculum for students needing supplementary intensive re-teaching and review, altered pacing, additional reinforcement, more inpidualized attention, alternative methods and modes of instruction, and/or curriculum accommodations. Students enrolled in these classes will obtain an elective credit upon completion. We currently offer multilevel classes that parallel the following courses, and one course that supports executive function:

English
9-Advanced English 1,2
10-Advanced English 3,4
11-American Literature 1,2

Math
Integrated Math I A/B
Integrated Math II A/B
Integrated Math III A/B

  • Opportunity Success

Opportunity Success is a program taught in a separate classroom by a special education teacher. This class is designed for diploma bound students with IEPs who are 16 years of age and older, and who are in 11th or 12 grade. This class is designed to provide support to students who need to recover credits in order to graduate from high school or need additional study skills.

Students who need to recover credits do so using a standards based digital curriculum for courses that they previously received a non-passing grade. Students may progress at their own pace taking as much or little time they need to master the material. Most academic courses are available for credit recovery online except science courses. If a student successfully completes a course online, that student will receive a diploma credit for that course which will be reflected on the student's transcript.

  • Applied Math

The Applied Math class is taught by a Mild/Moderate credentialed Special Education teacher in a separate classroom and is designed for students with IEPs needing intensive Math instruction and/or modified curriculum. Curriculum in this class focuses on developing pre-algebra skills, and basic math skills or math skills for the world of work. Students enrolled in this class will obtain elective credit upon completion.

  • Applied English

The Applied English class is taught by a Mild/Moderate credentialed Special Education teacher in a separate classroom and is designed for students with IEPs needing intensive English instruction and/or modified curriculum. Curriculum in this class focuses on developing basic skills in reading and writing and/or reading and writing skills for the world of work. Students enrolled in this class will obtain elective credit upon completion.

  • Functional Skills

Functional Skills classes are taught by a credentialed Moderate/Severe special education teacher in a separate classroom and are designed for students with IEPs needing to be taught functional and independent living skills. Curriculum in these classes focuses on teaching and developing skills needing to be used in daily activities within the community, recreation, vocational, and core focus areas based on the California State Alternative Standards. Students enrolled in this class will obtain elective credit upon completion.

We currently offer Functional Skills classes for the following subjects:

Functional

Language

Arts

Functional

Math

Functional

Science

Functional

Social Studies

Functional

Consumer &

Family Studies

Functional

Transition


For students with IEPs who are in need of developing and gaining work experience, we also offer a variety of supported and non-supported work experience opportunities. The following classes and programs are available:

  • Transition Skills

The Transition Skills class is taught by a credentialed Mild/Moderate special education teacher in a separate classroom and is designed for students with IEPs needing to be taught vocational skills that will help them to transition from school to meaningful careers. Curriculum in this class focuses on skill building in career planning, transportation, employment practices and etiquette, and independent living. Students enrolled in this class will obtain elective credit upon completion.
  • Work Incentive

Work Incentive is an on-campus work experience program for students with IEPs 14 years of age or older. This is typically the first work experience for many students. Students are given the opportunity to learn basic job and social skills that will help them prepare for a community- based job. In addition, students can earn a training stipend if proper work documentation is completed. Typically, students are paid for a total of 80 hours. Case Manager and parent approval is required for participation. Students enrolled in this class will obtain elective credit upon completion.

  • Workability

Workability is an off-campus work experience program for students with IEPs 16 years of age and older. Students are placed in a community-based paid or un-paid work experience for 1-2 hours/day. Students can earn minimum wage for paid positions if proper work documentation is completed. The student's job performance will be monitored and evaluated by district personnel. Students enrolled in this class will obtain elective credit upon completion and can earn a practical art credit.

Most students at PLHS earn a high school diploma in four years. However, IEP teams may determine that a student requires an alternative high school completion option. For those students, they have the opportunity to work towards earning a Certificate of Completion, or an Option 2 Diploma. Students earning a Certificate of Completion articulate to Transition Resources for Adult Community Education (TRACE); an educational support network for students aged 18 to 22 in San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD). Students earning an Option 2 Diploma complete graduation requirements at an alternative school in SDUSD or though an adult education program. During their time at PLHS, students with alternative high school completion plans receive support from Special Education staff, may have an inpidualized class schedule, and can take a variety of classes that target their academic and transitional needs specified in their IEPs.

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