The number one goal of the Special Education Department is to ensure students and families receive the attention and support needed to live active, fulfilling, and successful lives.
Our special educators are not just teachers, they are advocates and liaisons for our students and families.
Our dedicated professionals are highly attuned to the instructional, social, and emotional needs of our students, and provide an integrated academic and social experience in allowing them to thrive, which leads them towards success.
New Foundations is committed to providing a continuum of services that offers students with disabilities the opportunity to access the general curriculum of the school in the least restrictive environment. Services are designed in alignment with CHILD FIND, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 04) and state law (Chapter 14) to meet the needs of New Foundations Charter School students with disabilities. These services are provided at no cost to students who qualify.
The Special Education Department is committed to supporting the delivery of specially designed instructional strategies and related services as prescribed on an identified students Individualized Education Plan (IEP) with an emphasis on increasing opportunities for students with disabilities to learn and grow with non-disabled peers.
A student must be evaluated and identified as having a disability and in need of specially designed instructional strategies by a Multidisciplinary Evaluation (MDE) to be eligible for special education programs and related services.
|Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder|
|Hearing Impairment including Deafness|
|Other Health Impairments|
|Specific Learning Disabilities|
|Speech and Language Impairments|
|Traumatic Brain Injury|
|Vision Impairment including Blindness|
|Examples of Related Services|
|Orientation and Mobility|
|Speech and Language|
|Any additional questions regarding special education resources please reach out to our Director of Special Education, Mr. Christian Laurence, at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
The Pennsylvania Parent Guide To Special Education for School Age Children from the Pennsylvania Department of Education outlines how a child’s need for special education is determined, how a child’s educational program is developed, the responsibilities and protections guaranteed to parents and children, and the resources available to parents of a child with disabilities. This guide has been updated to reflect the new July 2008 Chapter 14 regulations. Please refer to pages 1-5 for information regarding how a child can be found eligible for special education services.
|Acting without Boundaries|
|Athletes Helping Athletes (AHA)|
|Council for Exceptional Children|
|Department of Mental Health/Developmental Programs|
|Education Law Center|
|Lenape Valley Foundation|
|National Alliance on Mental Health|
|Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR)|
|Early Reach Initiative|
|Parent Involved Network of Pennsylvania|
|The Autism Society|
|School-Based Occupational Therapy|
|The OT ToolBox|
|IEP Information: Families|
|To more clearly understand the Special Education process, please review a detailed timeline here.|
|If you are interested in having your student evaluated for Special Education services, please request a form from our Director of Special Education, Mr. Christian Laurence, at email@example.com. You can view the Parental Request for Evaluation and Re-Evaluation Forms here.|
|Procedural Safeguards Letter and Notice.|
|Components of an IEP.|
|To learn more about the 504 Plan, please click here.|
|To learn about the differences between an IEP and 504, please click here.|
The primary purpose of the federal special education law known as The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related served designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. IDEA also states that transition planning for students who receive special education services through an IEP must begin at age 16. In Pennsylvania, this process begins at age 14.
The mission of the NFCS English Language Learning (ELL) Program is to provide a diverse population of students who are learning English with access to a variety of courses, academic and extracurricular activities that will allow them to gain linguistic and cultural knowledge to further their academic, social, and emotional learning and provide opportunities for English language development. Our educators are dedicated to supporting our multi language learners and speakers.
|For more information regarding the procedures and curriculum of ELL at New Foundations, please email Ms. Angela Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
Special Education at New Foundations is unique for each child. Individualized support means that each student and family receives the attention, resources and support they need for success.
Providing a multi-sensory environment for optimal engagement.
Sustaining care through supportive partnerships.
Developing characteristics of citizenship, action and awareness.
Encouraging independence through hands-on opportunities.