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Related Services

For students with special education needs who also require related services, the district will provide or arrange for the provision of support services, which have been determined to be developmental or corrective in nature. The IEP Team has agreed that these services are required to assist the student in benefiting from special education support and /or to assist the student in accessing the general curriculum. Related services provided in the Scituate Public Schools include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Psychological Consultation – to the Team
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Paraprofessional supports
  • Early Identification/Intervention for Children with Disabilities
  • Orientation and Mobility Training
  • Teacher of the Visually Impaired consultation
  • Parent Training
  • Special Transportation
  • Applied Behavior Analysis
  • BCBA Consultation
  • Assistive Technology consultation and devices as required
  • Adapted Physical Education


Middle School Co-Teaching

Co-teaching is a model currently used in the Gates Middle School. In this program children on IEPs who need support are integrated with children who are not on IEPs. Two classroom teachers, a general educator and a special educator, instruct the class. In this program students are provided with additional scaffolding and increased individualization due to the support of two teachers.

Academic Strategies

The Academic Strategies program provides specialized instruction to eligible students who require varying degrees of skill development and academic support. The goal of Academic Strategies is to assist students to become independent learners in the regular education setting. Students are fully enrolled in mainstream classes and attend Academic Strategy sessions as a component of their schedule.

Students attending Academic Strategy sessions receive small group remedial instruction. The time spent in Academic Strategy sessions varies for each student. Areas of emphasis are reading comprehension, written expression, mathematics, and study skills such as note taking, outlining, report writing and test preparation.

As part of the Academic Strategy program special education staff offers support in many regular education classrooms. By participating in mainstream classrooms, Academic Strategy staff is better able to provide specific curriculum support in the Academic Strategy sessions.

Middle School Therapeutic Supports

Students will work on individual academic and social/ emotional IEP goals. Academics will be based off the high school curriculum.  The use of the natural setting in Gates school and activities to reinforce the social and emotional skills of the students is implemented. The supports are for students in grades 6-8 who receive special education services related to an emotional disability.

Middle School iAchieve Program

This program is staffed with one special education teacher. The students enrolled within this program are students for whom a possible Fifth Year of studies may be necessary to support them in receiving their high school diploma. Some of the students may be considered by the Team as vocationally bound along with receiving their academic classes with supports.

Gates Learning Center Program (GLC)

The Gates Learning Center services students within the district, grades 7-8, who present with severe special education needs. The program consists of one special education teacher and paraprofessionals to create 1:2 ratio of adult to students. Should a student require more intensive 1:1 supports, the IEP Team will make that recommendation. Typically the ILC program feeds into the Gates Learning Center program.