Secondary (6-12)

Secondary (6-12) Characteristics and Structures Supporting Curriculum Accommodation for General Education Students

General Education Classroom Attributes:

  • Classes staffed by highly qualified personnel who demonstrate competency in the state and national teaching standards;

  • Research-based curriculum aligned to CCSS: ELA and Mathematics, Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: History and Social Studies, Wellness (health and physical education), Art, Music, Foreign Language, Technology (computer), Next Generation Science Standards, and World-Class Instructional Design & Assessment (WIDA);

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction;

  • Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) strategies;

  • Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS);

  • Researched-based Bullying Prevention Program;

  • Researched-based Suicide Prevention Program;

  • Elective courses for exploration and enrichment designed to meet student interest areas;

  • Independent study and online course opportunities;

  • Web-based and software instructional support;

  • Web-based enrichment;

  • Use of formative and summative assessments and standardized testing data to assess achievement and to inform instruction;

  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RtI) model and processes;

  • Student/Teacher Assistance Resource Team (START);

  • 9-12: College-Prep and Honors level classes in core subjects;

  • 9-12: Pre-AP and AP courses available to all students and across disciplines;

  • 9-12: Articulation Agreements & Dual Enrollment with local community colleges;

  • 9-12: Foreign Language Lab and Foreign Language course offerings.

Professional Supports:

  • Professional Learning Communities (PLC);

  • Team Collaboration Time Data Analysis;

  • Professional development for faculty and staff to enhance instruction and student learning.

Extended Day/Year Academic Supports:

  • Summer School Program for identified students;

  • After School Academic Support.

Parent Involvement:

  • Building-based cultural enrichment activities involving Parent/Teacher Organizations (PTO), Booster Clubs, Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC), School Council, Parents for Music, among others, to support and encourage family interaction.