The Special Education Department provides an array of services and supports designed to meet the Individual Education Programs (IEP’s) of students in the least restrictive environment. The primary service approaches are determined by the child’s IEP team and consist of the following:
Resource services consist of specialized instruction provided in the general education setting. This may include direct small group instruction, co-taught classes, or a blended approach.
Instructional classes provide a replacement curriculum aligned with the grade-level curriculum and Common Core State Standards. The students requiring this level of programming may have a blended schedule consisting of instructional classes, mainstream general education classes, Fox Valley Career classes and/or vocational training.
Related services are recommended through the IEP team. Related services require an evaluation to identify if these services are required on a student’s IEP. The IEP team determines related services based on eligibility. A child may be found eligible for these related services: Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Social Work, and Orientation and Mobility.
Students with disabilities have the right to receive special education services through age 21 (up to their 22nd birthday), if they have not received their diploma and the educational needs require ongoing instruction in order to transition to adult life. In District 304, students receive this linkage and instruction through programming offered by Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative.
Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST)
The Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) program provides students services in a highly structured classroom. A variety of instructional tools and curriculum are utilized to meet students' diverse academic and functional needs. Specifically, curriculum is designed around authentic academic, vocational and community-based instruction. Related services are integrated into the program to further support the generalization of communication skills and social-emotional skills across settings.
Structured Learning Classrooms K-12 (SLC)
The Structured Learning Classroom (SLC) is a highly structured classroom with an emphasis on building the Social-Emotional Learning Skills needed to navigate the school environment. Students receive explicit instruction in social skills as well as core academics. Methodology focuses on positive reinforcement to assist students in meeting short and long term goals.Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative
Geneva CUSD 304 is a member of the Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative. Mid-Valley extends our range of services for those students requiring specialized instruction not available within the district. Mid-Valley serves students from five member districts: Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles, Kaneland, and Burlington Central. They currently provide thirteen programs hosted by the member districts. Mades-Johnstone in St. Charles is the site for the K-12 alternative school. Visit their website
for more information.