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The Stanley SPED Department will promote academic achievement, social participation, and independence in all students with special needs by providing research-based instruction, making data-driven decisions, communicating and collaborating effectively with stakeholders, and supporting participation and engagement in general education opportunities.


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You might wonder if the terms supports, modifications, and adaptations all mean the same thing. The simple answer is: No, not completely, but yes, for the most part. (Don’t you love a clear answer?) People tend to use the terms interchangeably, to be sure, and we will do so here, for ease of reading, but distinctions can be made between the terms.

Sometimes people get confused about what it means to have a modification and what it means to have an accommodation. Usually a modification means a change in what is being taught to or expected from the student. Making an assignment easier so the student is not doing the same level of work as other students is an example of a modification.

An accommodation is a change that helps a student overcome or work around the disability. Allowing a student who has trouble writing to give his answers orally is an example of an accommodation. This student is still expected to know the same material and answer the same questions as fully as the other students, but he doesn’t have to write his answers to show that he knows the information.

What is most important to know about modifications and accommodations is that both are meant to help a child to learn.

Homework Tips:

*  Have a 15 minute snack before you start working.

*  Do not text, play computer games or watch TV while doing homework.

*  Find a quiet spot with room for your books.

*  Take a short break after 30 minutes if you have really been focused.

*  If you are stuck, check school loop or call a friend in the class.

*  When you are done, check your finished work against school loop.

*  Before bed, pack your backpack and put it by the door.


Language Arts/Math Skills Class

Learning Skills Class

Intensive Reading Class

Intensive Math Class

Functional Skills Class

To view syllabi visit individual teacher websites.


Struggling students without IEPs may be invited to participate in some intervention classes. 

Intervention Classes include:


Math Support

Academy is available to all students and is a resource for support from general education teachers.