Special Education


The Special Education programs at McCarthy-Towne are committed to supporting students' educational goals in the least restrictive environment. Special Educators work with students who, for a variety of reasons, require support services to progress in school.

Special Educators work in partnership with teachers, assistants and other specialists to address the needs of students struggling significantly in the regular education program. Activities such as consultation, student observations, curriculum and/or behavioral modifications, access to regular education support programs, and screening may be recommended.

As appropriate, a student may be referred for an evaluation to identify learning style and educational needs. When indicated, the student's parents, classroom teacher, and specialists are involved in the development of an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) to meet student needs.

Students receive support in a variety of areas, including:

  • instruction in academic areas
  • perceptual-motor skill development
  • concept development and reinforcement
  • compensatory strategies
  • skill remediation
  • study skills/organizational skills
  • social/emotional development
  • behavioral management programs

Services are outlined in the IEP and may occur within regular education programs and/or in a special education setting, such as the learning center or a resource room. Services are provided in individual, small groups, or full-class groups according to individual needs and can vary from consultations with teachers to daily support.

Special Educators promote self-awareness and pride in one's own abilities and accomplishments to help foster continued growth and success in educational programs.