The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (SCOESC) located in New Boston, provides support and services to educators, students, and parents in Scioto and other neighboring counties. Two services provided by the ESC include a preschool intervention program and programs for students diagnosed with multiple disability , MD classrooms. West currently has two MD classes in both the middle and elementary school, one MD class at the high school, and a preschool class at the elementary. These classes are just five of the twenty-three different MD cooperative classrooms supported by the ESC in Scioto County.
Working together teachers and students in the class strive to meet Extended-Ohio Academic Content Standards. The standards provide that “students with significant cognitive disabilities are provided with multiple ways to learn and demonstrate knowledge” and “are designed to maintain the rigor and high expectations of Ohio’s Learning Standards”. (Ohio Department of Education)
Social skills for life outside the classroom are also a focus. Community-based instruction helps build social, independent living, and employment skills for students. Working together both in the classroom and through participation in school activities and events, students gain important inter-personal skills.
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