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The district currently offers a variety of Special Education Services, some of which are described below:

Building-Based Services

A continuum of services is offered at each school to ensure students with disabilities have access to the general education curriculum and community in the least restrictive environment.  Special education teachers, paraprofessionals, and related service staff (speech/language pathologists, school psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, etc.) work in tandem with general education teachers in programming for students with disabilities.

Transition Services

Transition services are addressed at a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting starting at the age of 14. Cheyenne Mountain School District offers a variety of opportunities for students to prepare for and make their transition to adult life. The following describes programming available to students who receive special education services in the district. Not all student participate in 18-21 Transition Services; that decision is made in conjunction with IEP teams.

Preschool to age 14

Students benefit from a variety of academic, social, functional, and daily life skills throughout their early intervention, elementary and junior high experiences. Based on student needs, Colorado Standards and the access skills needed to meet those standards are reflected in the student's IEP. Those skills include career interests, organizational skills, self-advocacy, problem solving, and access to the community.

Ages 14-16

Beginning at age 14, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that IEP's include a statement of needed transition services. Transition services plan for long range outcomes while taking the student and family's goals for post high school into account. The focus is on post-school outcomes. Some students have the goal of attending college. Transition planning, in this case, may include planning for necessary courses to fulfill a college requirement. Some students may plan on a general course of study; whereas, other students may wish to begin work experiences within the community.

Age 16 to Graduation

Beginning at age 15, the IEP team addresses students' transition instruction and activities in the IEP. Activities may include community experiences and opportunities to develop employment skills, as well as, linkages to adult agencies like post secondary schools, The Resource Exchange (TRE), School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP), behavioral health agencies, and/or the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR). The IEP delineates goals and/or objectives that will prepare the student for life after high school.

18-21 Transition Services

Once students have completed four years of high school and continue to need transition services, they may participate in the 18-21 transition services. Students benefit from community based instruction focusing on acquiring career skills, developing daily living skills, and accessing the community.

School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)

Students 15 years and older may participate in the School to Work Alliance Program. This regional grant with the Division for Vocational Rehabilitation provides support to students with mild disabilities acquire and maintain employment. Efforts are made to align career interests with work opportunities.

Communication, Social, and Sensory Integration (CSSI) Learning Lab

Students on the Autism Spectrum Disorder demonstrate needs in communication, social, and academic skills, as well as, appropriate programming for sensory integration.  The Communication, Social, and Sensory Integration (CSSI) learning lab offers students with individual programming based on their educational and developmental needs. Students are included in the general education community and have access to the general education curriculum with appropriate supports.  The lab offers specific instruction in social and communication skills.  Students have access to sensory integration opportunities throughout the school day.  In addition, students are taught compensatory and adaptive strategies so that they are able to generalize those skills to other environments. General education teachers are an integral component of the lab, as well as, support staff.  The CSSI lab is located at Piñon Valley Elementary School.

Reaching Independence through Structured Education (RISE) Lab

This district learning lab is located at Broadmoor Elementary School.  Students have access to the general education community and are included to the maximum extent possible with appropriate supports.  The learning lab offers specific, individualized instruction and skill development in the areas of academics, executive functioning, social communication skills and behavioral self-regulation.  Students also have access to sensory integration opportunities throughout the school day.  General education teachers are an integral component of the lab, as well as, support staff.