Washington Academy has always asserted and maintained a positive working relationship with resident sending districts. It is the school’s philosophy that we are all on the same team, and that we are trying to provide the most appropriate educational setting for the students.
We also believe that Washington Academy can offer more than just a placement for students from sending districts.
Washington Academy has thirty years of experience educating students whose disabilities have either disrupted or prevented them from gaining educational benefit in a least restrictive environment.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. (source: http://idea.ed.gov/)
LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT
For students who cannot gain educational benefit from remaining in the regular education classroom, or within an in-district program for special needs, Washington Academy is an appropriate placement choice.
Washington Academy has prided itself and has a reputation for providing the highest level of academic rigor for students with mild to moderate emotional and behavioral disabilities and learning disabilities.
In order to ensure that all Washington Academy have an opportunity to be included in a least restrictive environment while still attending an out-of-district placement, our school day ends at 2:00pm, which allows our students to fully participate with nondisabled children in non-academic and extracurricular services and activities.
Washington Academy has been successful over thirty years in positively modifying negative and inappropriate behaviors of students into appropriate decision makers in various situations. Many students have transitioned back to in-district programs, such as inclusion classrooms, resource room and also self-contained special needs programs.
Washington Academy has also successfully transitioned many students after earning a high school diploma into the post-secondary world.
As part of Washington Academy’s continued commitment to students with special needs and sending districts, we offer insightful and practical resources, information and seminars on simulating the Washington Academy model in special education programs in-district.
In the past, we have provided guidance on Special Education Law and also developing effective behavior plans and understanding positive behavior supports.