Student Support Services

Special Education and English Language Education

Qualifying for Special Education Services

Special Education Services are designed to help a student make effective progress in regular education. In order to qualify for special education services, a child must:

  • have a disability
  • not be making effective progress due to the disability
  • require specially designed instruction to make effective progress and/or
  • require related services to access the general curriculum

Disability Categories

The designated disability categories recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Education include the following:

Autism
Communication
Developmental Delayed (only until age 9)
Sensory/Hearing Impaired or Deaf
Sensory/Vision Impaired or Blind
Emotional
Health
Intellectual
Sensory/Deaf-Blind
Neurological
Specific Learning Disabilities
Physical
Multiple Disabilities

Students with disabilities are provided with specially designed instruction, inclusive and/or individualized educational support, assistive technology resources, parent and staff consultation, related services and opportunities with which to achieve success in middle and high school as indicated by the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP). The individual education program is designed for each eligible student by the school based special education team. The individual student is also included when the student is fourteen years of age or older. The individual education plan is reviewed on an annual basis, with three year re-evaluation of eligibility occurring on a three-year cycle. Some students with disabilities may qualify for accommodations in the classroom through a 504 plan.

Middle School

At Hingham Middle School, students are assigned to one of the following courses as specified in their Individual Education Program (IEP).

006 Strategies for Learning Grades 6
007 Strategies for Learning Grades 7
008 Strategies for Learning Grades 8

High School

At the high school level, special education course instruction is designed to provide an introduction to the skills needed to be a successful and independent learner. Students develop and utilize learning strategies addressed in Student Learning Expectations 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7.

9th Grade Strategies for Learning
3 periods per cycle – 2.5 credits; 6 periods per cycle – 5 credits
Emphasis placed on organizational, reading, writing, and math skills, test preparation, and time management. Students will become aware of their own learning styles and practice effective learning strategies.

10th Grade Strategies for Learning
3 periods per cycle – 2.5 credits; 6 periods per cycle – 5 credits
Continued emphasis on language, math, and study skills. Students will continue to address skills in goal setting, communication, as well as self-advocacy.

11th Grade Strategies for Learning
3 periods per cycle – 2.5 credits; 6 periods per cycle – 5 credits
Emphasis on student responsibility, effective time management, college or career exploration and preparation.

12th Grade Strategies for Learning
3 periods per cycle – 2.5 credits; 6 periods per cycle – 5 credits
Continued emphasis on personal academic goals including: organization, planning, effective decision making and ongoing utilization of learning strategies.

Grades 6-12: Specialized course work in English skills, math skills, and reading skills designed to achieve individual student IEP goals and benchmarks as recommended by the school special education teams

Grades 6-12: English Language Education Services (ELE) are provided as necessary upon assessment by the ELE teacher, including Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) and English Language Development (ELD).

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Program of Studies

School Administration: Student Support