Our mission is to provide an individualized educational program that is accessible and meaningful to each student requiring special education services. The program is based on the following core beliefs. All students in special education:
are capable of learning;
are educated in a positive and productive learning environment where they can make effective progress;
receive specialized instruction at their instructional level ;
are educated in the least restrictive environment alongside their typical peers to the greatest extent possible;
are afforded opportunities to increase their independence so that personal and career goals can be achieved.
Weston High School provides a culminating experience for our students who range from advanced to those who require intensive support. For students on Independent Educational Programs, WHS provides many levels of support, from individual tutors in the Skills Department, to participation in extra-curricular activities such as Best Buddies.
Weston High School's Program of Studies outlines two specific programs designed for students with learning issues:
Foundations courses are meant to be for students cognitively unable to access the curriculum. This would be established in cooperation with Special Education and teacher input. Foundations is not meant to be a temporary fix for students dealing with emotional disabilities who are intellectually capable of doing the work. Rather, Foundations courses are meant for students who do not have the cognitive ability to access the college preparatory curriculum offered at Weston High School. Once it is determined that a student needs to be in a Foundations level of a course, the curriculum would be modified and tailored to meet the individual student’s needs while providing maximal access to the subject matter.
The High School GOAL (Getting Organized for Academics and Life) program provides special education services to students with intensive special needs and intellectual disabilities. Training and education is offered to students in life skill areas such as employment, community awareness, social skills and strategies, use of public transportation, meal preparation, household budgeting, and activities of daily living. The focus of this education is to prepare students for independent living.
Select a link at the left to access resources and to learn more about these programs, and visit the district's Student Services Department for details about our K-12 program.