STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
At the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School, parents, community members, teachers, specialists, and service-providers work together to support our students academically, physically, and emotionally. Our approach is to support and understand the needs of the whole child, as well as to support our students’ families.
Supports available to our scholars include:
Students who are eligible for special education services receive an individual education program (IEP) that identifies their goals and objectives for the year. Approximately thirteen percent of Stokes School students have IEPs. Depending on students’ needs, special education services are rendered by our learning specialists and related service providers. Most services are provided in an inclusion setting.
SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS
ACQUIRING ENGLISH (ELL)
A comprehensive approach to teaching students who are acquiring English as a second language is used daily in each class, while valuing language and cultural diversity and maintaining high expectations for all students. Teachers facilitate language learning from explicit skill instruction, content-based instruction, and task-based instruction. Each fall, the ELL coordinator, Lisa Volpe, administers the ACCESS assessment to help teachers make plans to adequately meet student language needs. Student’s scores are compared over time.
Our school nurse screens students for hearing, eyesight, immunization, and scoliosis. Throughout the year she is available for minor injuries, medication distribution, and health consultations. Our nurse teaches classes to our students about good touch/bad touch, healthy habits, and changing bodies.
Support services are available to students who are not making adequate progress at school. Students who consistently display difficulties progressing or achieving in expected areas of growth and/or learning should be referred to the Student Support Team (areas of expected growth include, but are not limited to: academic, social/emotional, behavioral, cognitive, language and motor skills). The Student Support Team (SST) is composed of staff members and family members who meet to review data and determine interventions to best support the referred child. With the aim of improving students’ rate of learning and their ultimate school success, team members choose appropriate strategies and interventions to be implemented for a six-week time frame. After the six-week period, the SST reconvenes, evaluates the effectiveness of the plan, and develops next steps.
HELPING EVERY CHILD GROW:
Academic, Behavioral and Developmental Supports
Any adult in the Stokes school community (i.e., staff member or caregiver) may refer a student for support services. Completed referral forms should be directed to Bobby Caballero, Campus Director, Caira Temple, School Counselor, or Everett Richardson, Coordinator of Specialized Support. Jonah Davenport, Prekindergarten Coordinator, processes referrals for our prekindergarten students.
Response to Intervention (RTI)
Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA)
Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)
Classroom Behavior Interventions
Teacher Consultation Sessions
Individualized Education Programs (IEP)
Brief Individual Counseling Sessions
Long-Term Individual Counseling Sessions
Peer Counseling Sessions
Brief Family Counseling Sessions
Parent Skills Education Sessions
Alternative School Placement
Residential Educational Treatment Center