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: None
This course is designed to teach students study skills with an opportunity to apply these skills to assignments from their current classes.  Study skills taught in this course include reading strategies such as summarizing, note-taking from text and lecture, outlining, and test preparation.  Students may also receive individualized interventions during this class as determined by their IEP team. This course will be individualized to meet students’ IEP goals and can be repeated.

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
Essentials classes provide an environment where students receive direct instruction in areas of academic deficit and compensatory skills for future success in the general education program.  Essentials classes are available in core academic areas with instruction based around students’ individual IEP goals.

Reading/Writing Workshop  (4 terms, 2 credits)
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Fr, Soph Jr, Sr
Fee:  $53.50
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 Algebra  (4 terms, 2 credits)
Level: Fr
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Fee: None  (TI-84 or equivalent is required)
This course is designed to assist students with specific deficits in the areas of math.  The focus of the course is on the study of variables and linear equations, graphing techniques, abstract reasoning 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: expressions, equations, inequalities, linear models, systems of equations & inequalities, exponents, polynomials, functions, factoring, sequences and exponential representations.   

Essentials Intermediate Algebra   (4 terms, 2 credits)
Prerequisite: Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Soph
Fee:  None  (TI-84 or equivalent is required)
This course is designed to assist students with specific deficits in the 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: functions, solving & graphing, quadratics, advanced systems of equations, radicals, expressions & equations, probability and statistics. 

Essentials Self-Advocacy (2 terms, 1 credit)
Prerequisite:  Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level:  Soph, Jr, Sr
Fee:  None
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 credits)
Prerequisite:  Placement determined by student’s identified needs
Level: Jr, Sr (Course can can be repeated)
Fee: None
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.