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Special Education

George Crockett Academy provides a nurturing, respectful and stimulating academic environment, committed to the empowerment of responsible citizens who are critical thinkers in a global society.

At George Crockett Academy we are fully committed to promoting inclusion of all children. We believe all students have the right to an educational experience that is suitable to their particular needs. We are removing barriers to actively seek learning and participation. Our mission is to ensure teaching is differentiated and structured in such a way that all students will be able to access and focus on the education offered. Classes are fully inclusive with students in general and special education in the same classroom. George Crockett Academy's aim is to provide equal opportunities for all children, including those with diverse needs. We are an inclusive special education environment with high expectations for all students.

Approach to Determination of Specific Learning Disabilities

The academy has adopted the Wayne County RESA Guidelines for determining eligibility for specific learning disabilities which combines the processes of Response to Intervention (RTI) and Patterns of Strengths and Weakness. You may obtain additional information by contacting the special education department.   

What is a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)?

A specific learning disability is "a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia that adversely affects a student’s educational performance. A specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of visual, hearing, or motor disabilities; mental retardation; emotional disturbance; or of environmental, cultural, or economic disadvantage." (34 CFR § 300.8(c) (10).

Determination of SLD

Response to Intervention (RtI)

With the Response to Intervention method, the student is provided with explicit evidence-based interventions. Student progress is carefully measured and the instructional interventions are adjusted to teach the skills necessary for the student to make progress toward age or grade level standards. Based on the student’s response to the interventions, the group then determines whether or not the student demonstrates a specific learning disability.

Patterns of Strength and Weakness (PSW)

The "Patterns of Strength and Weakness" method requires an extensive analysis of the student’s performance, achievement or both, when compared to age, state approved grade level standards, or intellectual development, using appropriate assessments.

Who Evaluates for Determination of SLD?

A Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET) conducts a full and individual evaluation of a student suspected of having a specific learning disability. The MET, based upon its evaluation of the student, then makes its recommendation of eligibility to the Individualized Education Planning Team (IEPT). The student’s IEPT then determines SLD eligibility.

If you suspect that your child has a specific learning disability, please contact the school’s special education teacher.

Parent Resources

Visit Special Education Resources on the Resources page of our web site and The Leona Group's Inclusion policy.

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