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Lower Merion School District

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Autism Support and Specialized Learning Support Courses

Instructional Support Lab

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 0.33 to 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Number: Determined by IEP team

Students participate in an Instructional Support Lab (ISL) for a prescribed number of class periods per cycle depending upon the program described within their IEPs. Individualized skill remediation is provided as per each student’s IEP targeting a student’s individual needs. Students receive direct instruction and additional support to ensure meaningful progress, maximize their achievement and assist the student in their transition to a variety of postsecondary opportunities, including attending college, technical or vocational schools, participating in career readiness programs or volunteering in the community. Students will earn quarterly grades based on the appropriate work completed on their individualized goals. Participation in Instructional Support Lab is provided to students who are eligible as determined by their IEP team.

Social Language Lab

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 0.33, 0.667, or 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Numbers:
    • Social Language Lab 1: 15180100
    • Social Language Lab 2 : 15180200
    • Social Language Lab 3: 15180300
    • Social Language Lab 4: 15180400

This course is specifically designed with a hands-on curriculum to further develop linguistic, strategic, socio-relational, and sociolinguistic competencies. The curriculum will focus on: social interactions with a variety of communication partners; pragmatic language skills; problem-solving in school, vocational and community settings; theory of mind; and individual goals and objectives identified in each student’s IEP. Students will utilize a variety of strategies that include (but are not limited to) role-playing, video modeling, self-evaluation, and writing analysis to complete practical application assignments and activities and reflect upon their performances on these tasks. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Math Applications 1

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Course Number: 15080501

Math Applications 1 is a functional math course that is designed to provide students with an understanding and/or review of the essential mathematical concepts necessary for further advancement in mathematics. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. Topics covered will include working with number systems, operations of whole numbers, decimals, fractions and percents, order of operations, factoring, variables, exponents, formulas and algebraic expressions. Technology, including calculators and computer software programs, will be incorporated to appropriately supplement instruction. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Math Applications 2

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Course Number: 15080601

Math Applications 2 is a functional math course that is designed for those students who wish to continue their study of Algebraic concepts. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. Topics to be covered include exploration of algebraic equations, proportions, graphing in the coordinate plane and the use of variables. Technology, including calculators and computer software programs, will be incorporated to appropriately supplement instruction. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Math Applications 3

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Course Number: 15080701

Math Applications 3 is a functional math course that is designed for those students who wish to explore the computational aspects of geometry. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. Topics may include points, lines, planes, graphing, angles, polygons, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruency and proofs. Technology, including calculators and computer software programs, will be incorporated to appropriately supplement instruction. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Math Applications 4

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Course Number: 15080801

Math Applications 4 is a functional math course that provides an emphasis on real-world uses of mathematics such as: money, credit/debit/loans, banking, housing, taxes, budgeting and travel/vacation. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. Technology, including calculators and computer software programs, will be incorporated to appropriately supplement instruction. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Basic Math

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Numbers:
    • Basic Math 1 15080100
    • Basic Math 2 15080200
    • Basic Math 3 15080300
    • Basic Math 4 15080400

This functional, hands-on curriculum supports transition to postsecondary education/training, employment and independent living. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. Individualized instruction using currency and debit materials helps students learn to access the community. Students learn skills and strategies to budget and purchase items during the school week. Community-based instructional experiences may be scheduled to help students generalize instruction and practice skills in authentic settings. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Practical English

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Course Numbers:
    • Practical English 1 15070100
    • Practical English 2 15070200
    • Practical English 3 15070300
    • Practical English 4 15070500

This practical, hands-on curriculum supports transition to postsecondary education/training, employment and independent living through individualized strategy and skills-based instruction in reading comprehension and written expression. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. Community-based instructional experiences may be scheduled to help students generalize instruction and practice skills in authentic settings. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Real World Literacy

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 12
  • Course Number: 15070400

Real World Literacy is designed to teach students the functional literacy and math skills necessary to meet their transition goals in the areas of employment and independent living. The program utilizes a simulated apartment setting to address literacy and math skills the students will need to locate and secure apartments and jobs, open and maintain bank accounts, generate and maintain a budget, manage an apartment/home, etc. This course provides authentic practice for application of literacy and math skills to employment and independent living activities, including but not limited to use of realistic forms (e.g., bills, taxes, applications, etc.), resume writing, etc. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Fundamentals of History

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Fundamentals of History 1 15090100
    • Fundamentals of History 2 15090200
    • Fundamentals of History 3 15090300
    • Fundamentals of History 4 15090400

This hands-on curriculum supports transition to postsecondary education/training, employment and independent living and focuses on developing functional vocabulary acquisition and reading comprehension skills. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. The curriculum may be linked to community-based instructional experiences. Students may also learn the historical significance specific to each community-based experience. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.

Fundamentals of Science/Health

  • Length/credit: 1 year - 1.0 credit
  • Grade(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
    • Fundamentals of Science/Health 1: 15100100
    • Fundamentals of Science/Health 2: 15100200
    • Fundamentals of Science/Health 3: 15100300
    • Fundamentals of Science/Health 4: 15100400

This functional, hands-on curriculum supports transition to postsecondary education/training, employment and independent living and may be linked to community-based instructional experiences. Instruction is based upon Alternate Eligible content aligned to the PA Core Standards. Course topics include basic hygiene practices, changes in the body, healthy eating behaviors, and when to seek medical attention. Vocabulary and reading comprehension instruction is embedded into instruction and classroom discussions. Participation in this course is determined by a student’s IEP team based on individual needs.