Special Education

Study Skills
(1 term or 2 terms A/B, .5 credit)
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: $5
This course is designed to teach students a variety of study skills and to give students an opportunity to apply these skills, with support to assignments from other classes. Study skills taught in this course include reading strategies such as summarizing, note-taking from text and lecture, outlining, and test taking.

Essentials (Credit will be given for the content area course)
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee: Course fees are commensurate with the content area course fee
The essentials classroom serves students who are earning grades by completing their work and behaving appropriately. Each course is taught by a special education teacher.

Reading/Writing Workshop
(4 terms, 2 credits)
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Fr, Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee:  $39.00|
This course is designed to assist students in developing reading and writing strategies that can be used in general informational, recreational, and content area reading and writing.  Strategies are utilized to address word attack and comprehension skills, vocabulary, reading rate, and fluency.  In addition, sentence structure, paragraph structure, five-paragraph essay structure, editing, and grammar skills are also taught.  This course will be individualized to meet students’ IEP goals and can be repeated.

Essentials Core Algebra
(4 terms, 2 credits)
Level: Fr
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Fee: $5.00
This course is designed to assist students with specific deficits in areas of math.  The focus of the course is on the study of variables and linear equations, graphing techniques, abstract reason skills, and problem solving skills.  While similar algebra skills are covered, the material is paced to permit for mastery of content and further skill development. Topics include:  the language of algebra, real numbers, solving linear equations, graphing relations and functions, analyzing linear equations, solving linear inequalities, systems of equations and inequalities, and statistics.

Essentials Core Intermediate Algebra
(4 terms, 2 credits)
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Soph
Fee:  $5.00 A graphing calculator (TI-83 or equivalent) is recommended
This course is designed to assist students with specific deficits in areas of math. This is the study of algebra, its applications and is paced to permit for mastery of content and further skill development.  Topics include:  polynomials, factoring, quadratic and exponential functions, radical expressions, rational expressions and equations, analyzing equations and inequalities, graphing linear relations and functions, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, and using matrices.

Essentials Self-Advocacy
(2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level:  Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee:  $10
Students in this course will gain awareness and understanding of their disability and skills, with a focus on their ability to articulate their accommodations with confidence.  Students will gain knowledge of career possibilities, exploring post secondary options and participating in community service/service learning.

Essentials Cooperative Education
(4 terms, 3 credit)
Prerequisite:  Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Jr, Sr
Fee: $20
COOP is a partnership between Batavia High School and the Fox Valley business community.  The course is designed to connect school-based learning and work-based instruction through actual on-the-job training.  Students will also benefit from volunteer experiences that reinforce their classroom studies and help to focus their career interest.  Students in COOP will receive one (1) credit for their classroom work and one (1) credit for their on-the-job training at an “approved training station”.  This class fulfills the consumer education requirement.