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Special Student Programs
During this school year, Alliance for Progress Charter School will implement the Student Assistance Program (SAP) in grades K-8. SAP is a process designed to identify and address students who are experiencing problems that pose a barrier to their learning and academic success. The SAP team is composed of a group of specially trained school staff, and community agency liaisons, who work together to assist students and families by making in-school resources available, and providing information about community resources.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in the process. SAP does not provide treatment or implement disciplinary consequences. Referrals may be made to the program through the school counselor by staff, family members, community agencies, students or any other concerned persons. Students seeking help may also refer themselves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Cummings at 215.232.4892 ext. 3501.
STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The special education policies detailed herein were designed and will be implemented in accordance with all relevant federal and state statutes and regulations including: the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004 – PL 108-446), No Child Left Behind, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations on Charter School Services and Programs for Children with Disabilities (Chapter 711).
The following six concepts serve as the foundation for Alliance for Progress Charter School's (AFPCS) special education policy:
Zero Reject: As an LEA, AFPCS will provide all students an equal education opportunity, and will not deny any students an education on the basis of a disability.
Individualized Education Program (IEP): In accordance with IDEA, all AFPCS students identified as having a disability and in need of special education services will be provided a written IEP. The IEP will include current educational level, annual goals, specific educational objectives, special education and related services to be provided, dates for initiation of service, anticipated duration of service, and evaluation criteria.
Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): All eligible AFPCS students will be provided appropriate special education (determined on a case-by-case basis) and related services at the expense of the charter school in conformity with each student's IEP.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): AFPCS will ensure that students with disabilities are educated to the maximum extent appropriate with their non-disabled peers. The educational philosophy of AFPCS is to bring all students into one community of learners, and our preference is to educate students, whenever appropriate, with the appropriate supplementary aids and services necessary for them to participate in the regular classroom experience with their peers.
Due Process and Parental Involvement: AFPCS understands that parents must be notified of the intent to evaluate their child for services, and their consent to an initial evaluation before the process begins. Parents will also be involved in the IEP process and will be required to provide consent to the initial placement and provision of services.
Non-Discriminatory Evaluation: AFPCS will use a variety of assessment tools and strategies, including information provided by the parents, to gather relevant functional, developmental, and academic information about each special education student. These assessments will not be discriminatory on a racial or cultural basis, and all tests and evaluation materials will be:
Specifically, AFPCS' special education process has six steps:
QUALIFIED HANDICAPPED STUDENTS
Students who are not eligible to receive special education programs and services may qualify as handicapped students and therefore be protected under federal statutes and regulations intended to prevent discrimination. AFPCS will ensure that qualified handicapped students have equal opportunity to participate in the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate for each individual student. In compliance with federal law, AFPCS will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student's abilities. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student, the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability that substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program.
These services and protections for "protected handicapped students" may be distinct from those applicable to eligible or thought-to-be eligible students. AFPCS or the parent may initiate an evaluation if they believe a student is a protected handicapped student.
For more information about special education programs or procedures please contact the Special Education Director at 215-232-4892 x 2425.
1821 Cecil B. Moore Avenue • Philadelphia, PA 19121-3405
Tel. 215-232-4892 • Fax 215-232-4893
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