Special Needs Resources
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Students Obtaining Academic Resources (S.O.A.R.) is a special program geared toward students with a specific learning disability. SOAR provides services for students in grades 1-8 who qualify for special education services under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). SOAR is designed to meet the needs of students:

  • whose least restrictive environment includes a general education classroom.
  • who experience academic difficulty due to a specific learning disability.
  • whose academic difficulty is not due to motivation, behavioral difficulties, or environmental factors.

Students are eligible for SOAR under the same eligibility criteria used by the state of Georgia. An extensive testing process is required for eligibility, and may be initiated by the classroom teacher or by parental request. After determination of eligibility, an Individual Education Plan meeting is held to determine specific annual goals and short term objectives for the student. Long term goals for each student include development of self-advocacy skills and a gradual transition into full-time general education.

 

Reading instruction is taught using the Orton-Gillingham method with the Wilson Reading System curriculum for children with mild to severe reading problems or dyslexia.


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