Welcome to the Peabody Public Schools
Special Education Department
Our philosophy is that of inclusion for all students in the least restrictive environment for that individual student. We also ensure Free and Appropriate Education for each of our students.
Each student is treated as an individual and therefore their needs are very different from another student. We value inclusive practices for all students and the very definition of inclusive is as unique as the student’s needs.
We welcome all students who are eligible for Special Education services through the Federal guidelines for eligibility and services as outlined by IDEA 2004. For further clarification of definitions and laws, please click on the following link to the Department of Education / Massachusetts.
The Special Education Programs offered within Peabody consider all areas of disabilities. The following are programs we offer:
Pre-School – Integrated Program
The Peabody Public Schools Integrated Preschool Program was created to provide opportunities for children with disabilities to receive specialized instruction and related services within an environment that includes general education peers with developmentally appropriate social/behavioral, communication, early learning, and motor skills.
The early childhood educators utilize a thematic approach to curriculum which is directly aligned to the Massachusetts Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences and the Massachusetts Common Core Standards.
In addition, to the integrated classrooms our program offers classrooms designed specifically for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who require a substantially separate program. This full day program incorporates principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis, Video Modeling, Floor Time, and principles of sensory integration therapy. Integration opportunities are provided based on the individual needs of the child.
Autism – Substantially Separate Program K-12
Students with Autism who require communication and behavioral support as well as a small, highly structured, specialized environment and significant modifications
- Significant modifications to content, methodology, and performance criteria
- Integrated communication support and instruction
- Integrated behavior support and instruction
- Speech, OT, PT and Behavioral support
Autism – Co-Taught, Connections Program K-12
Students with Autism who are able to access the general education setting other special education programming as their IEP allows. These students may require added supports for areas that may include behavior, social pragmatics, communication or academics that are beyond what can be reasonably be provided in the least restrictive environment.
- Students who are fully included in the general education setting as determined by the IEP team and specifically on the student’s IEP.
- Support during periods of inclusion based upon each individual student’s need.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Bridges Program K-12
Students who are deaf or hard of hearing who require modifications / specially designed instruction beyond that which can be provided in the least restricted environment. These students may require direct service instruction from a teacher of the deaf and/or interpreter.
- Typically in a fully inclusive classroom
- Direct instruction by a teacher of the deaf to pre-teach and review outside of the general education setting
- Interpreters as needed, typically within the general education setting
Emotional Disabilities – Choices Program K-12
Students with emotional disabilities who require modification and support beyond what can be provided in the least restrictive environment Students are provided with accommodations, modifications, services support models and individual behavior support plans all while being monitored and adjusted individually over time.
- Substantially separate or partial inclusion based on needs of the student as outlined in his/her IEP.
- Significant modifications to methodology and performance criteria and content as outlined in student’s IEP.
- Integrated behavior support and skill instruction
- School Adjustment Counselor assigned to program
Intellectual Impairments – Milestones Program K-12
Students with an Intellectual Impairment who require significant modifications to content, methodology and performance criteria as well as functional skills in areas that will support access to school/content/community.
- Substantially separate classroom with opportunities for inclusion as outlined in the student’s IEP.
- Significant modifications to content, methodology and performance criteria
- Functional instruction
- Opportunity to work in the community at higher grade levels
Language Based Disabilities – Strides Program grades 3-12
Students with disabilities and level of need that requires specially designed instruction beyond what may be provided in the least restrictive environment for some or all content areas. Most students are included for parts of the school day for some content areas.
- Partial inclusion for most students
- Small group instruction designed to meet the disability related needs
Neurological & Communication Impairments – Pathways Program grades 3-12
Students with disabilities and level of need that require specially designed instruction beyond what may be provided in the least restrictive environment for some or all content areas. Most students are included for parts of the school day. Students often require more significant modifications to content, methodology and performance criteria.
- Partial inclusion for most students
- Small group instruction designed to meet disability related needs
- More significant modifications to content, methodology and performance criteria