The Foundational Life Skills Program (FLSP) is a setting for students in grades 3 – 5 who have demonstrated through academic assessments and other indicators that they are highly unlikely to receive a traditional high school diploma and continue on to college. This program is targeted primarily to students assigned to take the LAA 1 but will also be available to those students who, through the 2013-14 school year, would have been assigned to take the LAA 2 and typically scored at the Foundational or Pre-Foundational level (criteria will need to be revised when students no longer take the LAA 2 test). Note that, currently, students taking LAA 2 may be eligible to graduate with a high school diploma; students taking LAA 1 are unable to do so.
The program seeks to prepare students to function at a high level in less restrictive settings and to provide opportunities to do so, while also offering the on-level remedial instruction that would be difficult to adequately provide in a general education or resource setting. The FLSP is a highly restrictive setting and is not appropriate for the vast majority of students with IEPs, even those who are functioning significantly below grade level; as such, clear admissions procedures apply (see below) and ReNEW staff must be extremely confident that students being considered for this program will be unable to make adequate gains in a less restrictive setting and that they are not on a track to college. In other words, when considering this placement, we operate guided by the philosophy of the least dangerous assumption. Students may spend part or all of the school day in the FLSP setting. Students in the FLSP in grades 3 – 5 will likely transition into the Community Based Instructional class, though all decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Who We Are Looking For:
- Experience working with younger students with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities preferred
- High expectations and an emphasis on creating opportunities for students to interact with non-disabled peers essential
- Independent, self-starter focused on outcomes
- Commitment to providing students access to the general education curriculum as appropriate