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 thru 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.