Special Education Courses
Special Education Services are based on the student’s IEP and learning needs. FCS offers a variety of services within the core academic courses including consultative services, collaborative and co-taught support, as well as small group. Students receiving supports in co-taught, collaborative and/or resource classes are required to meet all high school standards (including the end of course assessments) within the particular course, unless the student is identified by the IEP team to be served through modified curriculum. Course standards are not modified unless a student’s IEP indicates such modifications are needed (standards that are modified have been altered or changed to where they no longer meet the identified general education standards for course credit). Modifications to a student's curriculum may be necessary and it’s important that the student and parents understand that it may result in a change in diploma options.
In addition to supports within the general curriculum, there are courses that are only provided to students receiving special education services whose IEP includes academics, daily living and functional skills.
Daily Living and Pre-Vocational Skills
Courses and curriculum are determined by the student’s IEP. Students who participate in this curriculum also participate in the Georgia Alternate Assessment (GAA). Many of these skills are also embedded within the Access Courses.
Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI)
Students who participatein the daily living and prevocational skills curriculum are placed on a job sitewith a ratio of no more than 6students to 1 adult. While on the job, students learn and applyvocational skills as well as enhancing job-readiness soft skills.
Allow the student to receive a modified curriculum of the same general content area by decreasing the number of required standards and accommodating the materials to meet the student’s learning needs. Students who participate in Access Courses must participate in the Georgia Alternate Assessment. In addition, students must enroll in and pass 23 Access Course Units as part of the Regular HS (Access) Diploma requirements. Daily living and pre-vocational skills are embedded throughout the Access courses.
Project L.I.F.E. (Learning Independence for future Employment)
Off-campus community based jobs skills training program for students who reach the age of 19 years 8 months by September 1st of the year they enter Project LIFE. These students must have also completed the Access Course Requirements and Georgia Alternate Assessment. Prior to enrollment, students must demonstrate an independence and behavior level appropriate for on-the-job training. Utilizing the partnership with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation and the business, students are provided real-world and hands-on job skills applications as well as supports and guidance that prepares them for the transition from high school to independence and/or competitive employment. For more information about Project L.I.F.E., please contact the Special Education Department at Central Office.
A Transition Program for students ages 18-22 who have met the Access Course Requirements and Georgia Alternate Assessment who need to further develop their job/work skills, daily living skills and increase awareness and accessibility for recreational and leisure activities. Students entering L.I.F.E. II must meet eligibility requirements and may also seek assistance from Vocational Rehabilitation services. As students demonstrate independence and retainment of appropriate job skills, they may be referred to Project L.I.F.E if appropriate. For more information about L.I.F.E. II, please contact the Special Education Department at Central Office.