The following underlying assumptions guide the organization and provision of special education services in our school:
Students receive a full range of appropriate special education and related services, in the general education setting and/or in pull out small groups or individual instruction. A small number of students are educated in specialized programs in the school. The goal of Athlos is to be able to provide a rich system of inclusive education.
Athlos Academy of St. Cloud has a Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC). Their purpose is to collaborate with the Director of Special Education to:
The SEAC does this by:
The English Learner (ELL) program at Athlos Academy of St. Cloud supports multilingual learners in acquiring the English they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, in accordance with the State of Minnesota Guidelines and English Language Proficiency Standards. Athlos Academy of St. Cloud provides their English language learners (ELL) with quality instruction, inclusive practices, differentiated instruction, and access to appropriate grade level content.
English Learner Identification
In Minnesota, an ELL is defined as a learner who:
Students are measured by a home language survey (HLS). The HLS must be given to every student entering the district for the first time, whether in kindergarten or a later grade regardless of perceived native language.
English learners come from many different backgrounds. English learners may include:
The Athlos Academy of St. Cloud Title I program provides supplemental educational resources to ensure that all children have a fair, equitable, and significant opportunity to obtain a high quality education.