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SUSAN E. WAGNER HIGH SCHOOL Instructional Support Services (ISS) :Vocational Preparatory Academy David Cugini- Principal Janis Downing - Assistant Principal, (IA) Instructional Support Services Dana Lacertosa – ISS/ACES Teacher/Vocational Preparatory Learning Center Coordinator

Instructional Support Services Related Services: All related services are offered in a group or individual setting based on IEP recommendations. Speech and Language Therapy Counseling Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Vision Therapy Hearing Therapy

Instructional Support Services IEP Program Recommendations: (All based on the student's IEP- Flexible Programming) Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS): Push- into the general education classroom and pull out into the special education classroom. Integrated Co Teaching (ICT) - All core 4 subject areas - Special Education Teacher and General Education Teacher Special Class (15:1) Diploma Bound- All core 4 subject area classes and foreign language. Academic,Career and Essential Skills Program (15:1) Non-Diploma Bound- All classes are 15:1, including electives. Adaptive Physical Education

Paraprofessionals Behavior Support Paraprofessional Health Paraprofessional Alternate Placement Paraprofessional O All students that have a recommendation of a 1:1 or group paraprofessional on their IEP will have an assigned paraprofessional daily.

Graduation Requirements O O O All SWD's that are in a diploma bound setting, can receive a Regents/ Advanced Regents / local diploma. All students need to attain 44 credits. To receive a regents/ advanced regents diploma all students must score a 65 or higher on all Regent exams O O Regents Diploma - you need a 65 or higher on 1 English, 1 Math, 2 Social Studies and 1 Science Regent examination. Advanced Regent Diploma- you need a 65 or higher on 1 English, 3 math, 2 science, 2 social studies and 1 LOTE Regent examination.

Local Diploma Options - Safety Net The Compensatory Safety 55-64 Low Pass Safety Net Option O -55 or higher on all regent examinations O 55-64 Low Pass Safety Net Option with Appeal - a student scores on up to 2 exams a score of 52- 54 on a regent examination. The student must have at least a 65 or higher in the culminating course and taken the exam at least 2 times. This could be initiated by the student, parent or teacher. O Net Option allows a student with disability who scores between 45-54 on one or more of the required Regents examinations (except for ELA or mathematics) to compensate the low score with a score of 65 or higher on another required Regents examination to graduate with a local diploma. You need a 55 or higher on both ELA and

Superintendent Determination Option O O O Parent/guardian submitted a written request that their child be considered for a Superintendent Determination; The student did not meet the graduation requirements through the low pass (55-64) safety net option or the compensatory option; The student has earned the required course credits and has passed, in accordance with district policy, all courses required for graduation, including the Regents courses to prepare for the corresponding required Regents examination areas (English language arts (ELA), mathematics, social studies and science);

O Superintendent Determination Option The student: earned a minimum score of 55 on the ELA and Mathematics Regents examinations; and/or successfully appealed a score between 52 and 54 on ELA and Mathematics Regents examinations; and/or was unable to achieve a minimum score of 55 or did not initiate an appeal of a score of between 52 and 54 on the ELA and/or Mathematics Regents examinations, but he/she completed the requirements for the New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential. O The student has participated in all Regents examinations required for graduation, but has not passed one or more of these examinations; and the student has otherwise demonstrated competency in the subject area where the student was not able to demonstrate his/her proficiency of the State’s learning standards through the Regents examination.

Vocational Preparatory Academy : Overview O ACADEMIC, CAREER, AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS (ACES) PROGRAM Students become members of this learning center O ACES Programs are special education classes that support students who are classified with Intellectual Disability (ID) or Multiple Disabilities (MD) and who participate in New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA). O The purpose of the Vocational Preparatory Academy is to prepare students for meaningful post secondary employment. O Following a standards based adapted curriculum as specified by the New York State Department of Education, students also receive instruction in developing vocationally oriented skills and the opportunity to apply these skills in a variety of real world work situations. O Students study courses focusing on literacy, business algebra and decision making. O After their freshman year, students devote an increasing amount of instructional time either at volunteer worksites or participating in the operation of the Falcon’s Nest (school store) and Falcon’s Café (eatery) where they receive handson experience in all aspects of operating a modern retailing and dining venue. Carpentry students working in Seaview complex 2nd year students learning how to cook at Staten Island Independent Living

Graduation Requirements: ACES Program : Alternate Assessment O ACADEMIC, CAREER, AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS (ACES) PROGRAMS O ACES Programs provide an opportunity to learn academic, work, and independent living skills in a District 1-32 school. O Graduation is Based upon attainment of Measurable IEP goals and work readiness skills rather than a specified sequence of content area classes and attainment of passing grades on exit examinations. O O Skills and Achievement Credential certifictae ( This is not a High School Diploma)

Worksite Internships Worksite Year Days Per Week Falcon Café 1st year 2 periods 5 days per week (InHouse) Lifestyles, Staten Island Independent Living, 2nd year 3 periods 2 days per week Costco, Snug Harbor, Carmel Richmond Rehabilitation, Clove Lakes Nursing Home 3rd /4th year 4 periods 5 days per week Eger Nursing Home 4th & 5th year 4 periods 5 days per week Carpentry 3rd, 4th & 5th year students 2 periods 5 days per week (InHouse & at Seaview)

Community Service: Autism Awareness O In our efforts to raise awareness and come together as a community the Vocational Preparatory Academy hosts a Bowl-a-thon annually during Autism Awareness month. O To kick off Autism Awareness month, the speech department along with their students produce an informational video about Autism to fundraise. O Over the past few years over 20,000 was raised and donated to The GRACE Foundation of New York to support the programs and services Staten Islanders impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorder O Throughout this endeavor, students gain innumerable amounts of skills such as self-advocacy, which could assist them in life beyond the high school doors.

Transition O O O O Post secondary plans OPWDD ACCES-VR College Board accommodations

College Board O O O O O The College Board is committed to making sure that students with disabilities can take tests with the accommodations they need. Parents/Guardians can complete a form which allows our school to process an application for your child to receive Testing Accommodations on the PSAT and SAT exams. Applying for accommodations does not guarantee that your child will receive them, and the College Board will contact you directly with regards to whether or not your child was approved. Testing accommodations granted by your child’s IEP are not transferred to these exams. A separate review performed by the College Board is required in order for a child to receive such accommodations. Heidie Wilson SSD Coordinator/ Special Education Teacher SUSAN E. WAGNER HIGH SCHOOL 1200 Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314 Phone: 718-698-4200 ext. 1303 E-Mail:

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) The New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is responsible for coordinating services for New Yorkers with developmental disabilities, including intellectual disabilities, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, Prader-Willi syndrome and other neurological impairments. It provides services directly and through a network of approximately 500 nonprofit service providing agencies, with about 80 percent of services provided by the private nonprofits and 20 percent provided by state-run services. O All Alternate Assessment (ACES) students will be referred to Staten Island DDSO/OPWDD. The referral will allow your child to be considered to receive OPWDD services. This can start from 9th grade (if not already eligible). O If eligible, your child will be able to attend/receive services from various local agencies such as AHRC, Lifestyles, On Your Mark, PCCS, and Community resources.

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services – Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) ACCES-VR offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services. ACCES-VR offers access to a full range of employment and independent living services that may be needed by persons with disabilities through their lives. Through its administration of vocational rehabilitation and independent living programs, VR coordinated policy and services relating to Transition services for students with disabilities from school to adult services Vocational rehabilitation services for working age individuals with disabilities Independent living services for people with disabilities of all ages Business services for hiring a qualified diverse workforce In order to apply for ACCES-VR services, your child must have an IEP/504.

Contact Information & Additional Resources Janis Downing - Assistant Principal, (IA) Instructional Support Services O Dana Lacertosa – ISS/ACES Teacher/Vocational Preparatory Learning Center Coordinator O O O O O ACES Program information College Board Testing Accommodations OPWDD ACCES-VR OPWDD APPILCATION ACCES-VR application

O A separate review performed by the College Board is required in order for a child to receive such accommodations. Heidie Wilson SSD Coordinator/ Special Education Teacher SUSAN E. WAGNER HIGH SCHOOL 1200 Manor Road Staten Island, NY 10314 Phone: 718-698-4200 ext. 1303 E-Mail:

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