Special Education

  • *All courses and recommendations are based on the recommendations of IEP team and SSD Case Manager

    5663 CONCEPTS OF ALGEBRA A
    Credit:  1 unit Math
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    This course is open to students with IEPs. This is year 1 of a 2 year course. Students should enroll in Concepts of Algebra B the following year.  It provides a solid foundation of the algebraic skills necessary to progress to high-level math courses. Students will learn how to generalize mathematical concepts, solve and graph linear, quadratic and exponential equations, and solve systems of equations. Students will also work with both rational and irrational numbers, factor and manipulate polynomial expressions, continue and intensify the focus on functions and graphs, and solve problems related to data and statistics. Students will demonstrate mastery of mathematical concepts while developing computational fluency with whole numbers, integers, decimals and fractions.  Calculators will be used throughout the course once students have shown mastery of each concept and are ready to move on to more rigorous applications. The content of the high school curriculum with be modified in order to ensure the success of students who put forth effort.

    5666 CONCEPTS OF ALGEBRA B
    Credit:  1 unit Math
    Open to Grades:  10-12
    This course is open to students with IEPs.  Concepts of Algebra Skills, is a full year course that builds on skills taught in Concepts of Algebra A.  Students will learn how to generalize mathematical concepts, solve and graph linear, quadratic and exponential equations, and solve systems of equations. Students will also work with both rational and irrational numbers, factor and manipulate polynomial expressions, continue and intensify the focus on functions and graphs, and solve problems related to data and statistics. Students will demonstrate mastery of mathematical concepts while developing computational fluency with whole numbers, integers, decimals and fractions.  Calculators will be used throughout the course once students have shown mastery of each concept and are ready to move on to more rigorous applications. The content of the high school curriculum with be modified in order to ensure the success of students who put forth effort.

    5990 FUNDAMENTALS OF MATH
    Credit:  1 unit Math
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    This course focuses on applying basic math skills to daily living.  The four basic operations, fractions, decimals and percents are all reviewed and utilized in topics including shopping, banking, writing budgets, measuring and others.  Pre-Algebra and Geometry skills will also be introduced/strengthened. The content of the high school curriculum will be modified in order to ensure the success of students who put forth effort.

    3990 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH I
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Open to Grade 9
    Fundamentals of English I consists of instruction in writing, reading, grammar, speaking/listening, research and vocabulary development. Students will learn strategies that will enable them to decode and comprehend fiction and nonfiction.   Vocabulary study draws from the literature or from word lists appropriate for 9th graders. Writing instruction focuses on strengthening the paragraph and develops into careful building of the essay and the grade-specific I Search paper. Mechanics and usage, vocabulary, spelling, and oral communication are emphasized.

    3991 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH II
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Open to Grades 10
    Fundamentals of English II consists of instruction in composition, reading fiction and informational text, grammar, speaking/listening, research and vocabulary development in world literature.  Strategies for improving comprehension of fiction and informational texts will be stressed. Vocabulary study is an integral part of the course and is aligned with the literature or from word lists appropriate for this grade level.  Students improve their linguistic and analytical skills by interpreting literature in terms of such elements as theme, characterization, structure, symbolism, irony, and figurative language. Equal emphasis is placed on the writing process, particularly sentence structure, paragraph organization and development, diction, and mechanics.

    3994 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH III
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Open to Grades 11
    Fundamentals of English III continues to expand and reinforce the student’s skills of analysis and evaluation of literature, writing, vocabulary, research, and speaking and listening. Through reading fiction, information text, drama, and poetry, students will examine the changing nature of the American Dream and how it pervades American Literature. Key writing concepts include thorough knowledge of the writing process, organizational structure, and grammatical conventions. Students will use literary criticism to write argumentative essays. In addition, students will complete narrative and informative pieces.

    3996 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH IV
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Open to Grades 12
    This year-long course prepares students for  post-secondary opportunities. Students strengthen their critical thinking skills by exploring contemporary readings, composing formal papers, and practicing revisions and rewriting. Key texts for this class include reading selections along with focused exercises in editing, refining sentence structure, and drafting coherent paragraphs and essays. Weekly vocabulary study involves learning Latin, Greek and French word parts with English derivations.

    3050 FUNDAMENTALS OF READING 
    Credit: 1 unit English
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    This course directly and systematically teaches students how to accurately decode and encode.  The program engages students through interactive and multisensory instruction. Total word construction, as well as phonics, is emphasized. A placement assessment and teacher recommendation is used to determine appropriate instruction level.

    0042 LEARNING STRATEGIES
    Credit: 1 unit Elective
    Open to Grades 9-12
    Students will learn, demonstrate, and use learning strategies and study skills. Students will work on reading, writing, and math.  Students will work on transition planning for their future after high school. Additionally, students will be provided opportunities to seek instructor assistance and request further learning strategies and study skills as needed to assist them in learning the content areas. Emphasis will be given to academic areas of concern. Students IEP goals will be addressed. Students will be expected to bring materials to every class session and demonstrate an appropriate attitude toward learning.

    0043 ASPIRE
    Credit:  1 unit Elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    The Social Skills classroom is a Special Education and a Tier 3 intervention for students with mental health issues that have symptoms that impact their academic/social performance and progress in a general education curriculum/setting. The goals of the Social Skills class are to teach social-emotional learning skills to students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral and/or Mental Health concerns so they can succeed in their home school (the least restrictive environment) and connect the students and their families to and coordinate with community supports. The following direct instruction curriculum is addressed: social skills, emotional and behavioral regulation skills, resiliency skills, coping skills, anger management, problem solving, decision making, and developmental assets. 

    0020 ASPIRE LEARNING STRATEGIES 
    Credit:  1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    The Learning Strategies/Social Skills classroom is a Special Education and a Tier 3 intervention for students with mental health issues that have symptoms that impact their academic/social performance and progress in a general education curriculum/setting. The goals of the Social Skills class are to teach social-emotional learning skills to students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral and/or Mental Health concerns so they can succeed in their home school (the least restrictive environment) and connect the students and their families to and coordinate with community supports. The following curriculum is addressed: social skills, emotional and behavioral regulation skills, resiliency skills, coping skills, anger management, problem solving, decision making, and developmental assets. Students will also receive instruction in learning strategies and study skills. 

    0043 FUNCTIONAL SOCIAL SKILLS
    Credit:  1 unit elective
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    This course is designed to help students learn to cope with a variety of issues in their lives, such as developing friendships, showing self-control, communicating appropriately, solving problems, and making moral judgments.  The small class size allows individuals to discuss difficulties that they are having in the high school environment, and work together to come up with solutions that are socially acceptable. Students will be graded on class participation and accomplishing individual goals.

    7992 FUNCTIONAL SCIENCE
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will be placed in this course based upon previous assessments and individualized education goals.  Students will meet the rigor outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards through standards-based content in the areas of  Earth and Space Science, Life Science (Biology), and Physical Science. Students will learn the practical knowledge in science that they will need to succeed in the real world.  

    5993 FUNCTIONAL MATH
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    A placement assessment is used to properly place students into this course.  Learners build foundational skills and master concepts related to activities of daily living. Topics include Counting and Cardinality, Numbers and Operations, Fractions, Time and Money, Measurement, Data and Graphing, Geometry, Algebra, Functions, and Ratios and Proportional Relationships.

    3122 FUNCTIONAL ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
    Credit: 1 unit elective
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will complete a pre-test to determine academic strengths and areas for improvement.  Curriculum is based on state ELA extended standards in the areas of Phonological Awareness, Comprehension, Phonics, Vocabulary, Word Recognition, Integration of Knowledge and Ideas, Fluency, Range and Text Complexity, Key Ideas and Details, Print Concepts, Craft and Structure,and  Production and Distribution of Writing. Individualized lessons will then be created to address needs in basic skill areas that have not been mastered. Students will learn the practical knowledge in language arts that they will need to succeed in the real world. 

    8997 FUNCTIONAL SOCIAL STUDIES
    Credit: 1 unit Social Studies
    Open to Grades: 9-12
    Students will be provided with the understanding needed to become contributing members of their community and society. Student experiences will include self-management and  safety within the community, interpersonal skills, career awareness, critical thinking, reading environmental print, navigating the community, reading schedules, current events and citizenship. There will also be an emphasis placed on using a variety of services and organizations to promote independent living skills.  

    0070 VOCATIONAL SKILLS I
    Credit:  1 unit elective
    Open to Grades:  9-12
    Designed for students who are beginning their journey toward the world of employment, they will learn the skills necessary for the world of work through a focus on pre-employment skills.  The program is individualized and may include role playing of appropriate job behaviors/skills, on-the-job training, filling out forms, and career interest inventories. Students will perform on-the-job training at various high school campus locations. Students can perform work tasks designed to practice work skills and social skills in a real work setting.

    0071 VOCATIONAL SKILLS II
    Credit:  1 unit elective
    Prerequisite: Recommendation of SSD case manager
    Open to Grades:  10-12 
    Designed for students that have had some exposure to a volunteer job role, students will learn the skills necessary for the world of work. Students will learn the practical knowledge in job skills that they will need to succeed in the real world.  Areas that will be covered include: exploring career options, filling out applications, developing a resume and cover letter, interviewing, and developing appropriate work habits. Students will utilize the skills learned in class to work in various jobs in the WGHS environment

    0072 COMMUNITY BASED VOCATIONAL INSTRUCTION I  (pending Board of Education approval)   
    Credit:  1 unit elective
    Open to Grades:  10-12 
    Designed for juniors and seniors, students will further develop job skills in a community based work environment.  This is a 2-hour block of time in which students will participate in classroom instruction as well as taking on a volunteer job experience in the community.

    0073 COMMUNITY BASED VOCATIONAL INSTRUCTION II  (pending Board of Education approval)   
    Credit:  1 unit elective
    Open to Grades:  10-12 
    Designed for seniors with some level of independence at a simulated work site, students will further develop job skills in a community based work environment.  This is a 3-hour block of time in which students will participate in classroom instruction as well as taking on a volunteer job experience in the community. Students have to interview for this position. Students are required to have a Tuberculosis test and a Flu shot (unless they have a medical or religious waiver).