Providing support to students with special needs
GDQ seeks to honor the differing strengths and developmental rates of its students and is committed to the following:
For children admitted to GDQ with an identified disability:
- GDQ will assemble an academic support team, of which the parent is a member.
- This team will develop an individualized education plan (IEP) that will describe services necessary for the child to learn and progress.
- These services may include modified or differentiated instruction and expectations, in class support, or pull out support with the special needs teacher.
- GDQ reserves the right to cancel a child’s place if parents reject the IEP.
For children presently enrolled at GDQ who exhibit consistent difficulties in learning:
- GDQ will use a variety of means including parent information, teacher observation, and informal baseline assessments to determine whether the child has learning issues that are impacting his/her ability to learn.
- Should a baseline assessment lead to a formal evaluation, GDQ would obtain the services of qualified personnel to conduct this evaluation. Parents will receive a full report of the evaluation. GDQ will include a summary, not the full report, of the evaluation in the child’s school records.
- From these findings (parent information, teacher observation, informal baseline assessments, formal evaluations), GDQ would then determine how best to move forward to address the child’s needs.