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Academic Support Programs
The ACES Program provides academic and behavioral support for regular and special education students in grades 9 and 10. This transitional program, complete with a behavioral modification system, guides students in an attempt to help them transition back to mainstream education classes in future years. ACES stresses academic remediation, behavioral modification, and fosters self-esteem building.
The Alternative High School provides academic, social and emotional support for regular and special education students in grades 10-12. Striving to create a highly structured and disciplined classroom environment that incorporates a behavioral modification system, the program offers students an opportunity to earn a high school diploma outside of the mainstream education classroom.
The ARCHER Program provides academic, social, and emotional support for regular and special education students in grades 9-12. Students typically attend alternative and mainstream education classes while utilizing the ARCHER classroom for counseling and resource services.
Students in the COAST program attend mainstream classes as members of this inclusion based program at Braintree High School. COAST is an extension of the Learning Center and students receive small group support for study skills and transition planning. Students in the COAST program also check in daily with members of the staff for transition and organizational assistance. Students will receive pragmatic language skills from a speech pathologist, psycho-educational strategies from a school psychologist/counselor, and they may also attend adaptive physical education classes. Students in the COAST program are able to effectively access the mainstream curriculum with these additional supports.
ELL Program: English Language Learners
Students who do not speak English or who speak English as a second language, receive specifically designed instruction to assist them in learning English and in learning subject matter content. Referred to as limited English proficient students (LEP), the program serves English Language Learners (ELL). Working closely with Braintree High School teachers, ELL staff offer and assist these students, leading them towards mastery of the English language.
Language Based Enrichment Program
The Language Based Enrichment Program is designed for students with language-based learning disabilities whose cognition falls within the average to below average range. Students may exhibit overlays of social adjustment and mental health challenges. School district personnel, with the help of outside agency evaluations, evaluate, consider, and determine student need and eligibility. The goal for all students in the Language Based Enrichment Program is to excel in all academic subjects, receive a Braintree High School diploma, and continue on to post secondary training for gainful independence and employment.
Special assistance is provided for students who have been evaluated and found to be in need of services for a hearing impairment. Designed by a trained specialist to help students acquire more effective communication skills, this assistance develops techniques to maximize hearing ability.
Students unable to attend school due to a medical disability receive home instruction upon receipt of a physician's statement. BHS also provides an in-school tutorial program for students who can attend mainstream classes on a partial schedule. These students also work in the tutoring room to complete their academic requirements. This program also reintegrates some students into a full schedule after a prolonged absence. Tutors may utilize the student's home, school, and a Braintree High School classroom.
A comprehensive public high school such as Braintree High School must make every effort to meet the mandates of State Law to educate special needs students in the least restrictive setting, while maximizing their potential. Since all students must be educated in the mainstream, the Learning Center provides support with supplementary and remedial resources for both students and faculty to enhance the student's academic performance. Instructional strategies include the use of the Kurzweil Text to Speech Reader which offers a comprehensive set of tools for language learning study skills and test taking. Students are scheduled to come to the Learning Center on a regular basis during unassigned periods.
METCO: Metropolitan Council for Educational OpportunityThe METCO Program is a state-funded program that provides an opportunity for urban minority students to attend suburban schools. There are students in Grades 9-12 who are enrolled in the METCO Program at BHS.
The PMI program provides academic opportunities for those students unable to achieve success during the regular school day. Designed to mirror an evening school, this program offers specific academic courses on particular days. Each class is co-taught and special education resource assistance is also available on a daily basis.
Project PROVE is a federally and locally funded secondary level program for educationally handicapped students. Project PROVE offers students pre-occupational and pre-vocational experiences as well as quotidian living skills. The program provides work-simulated experiences through specially designed training stations. The project offers on-the-job experiences at selected workstations, in the school complex, and in the community.
Speech and Language
Speech and language services are provided for students whose speech or hearing handicaps prevent them from achieving their academic potential.
Visually impaired students receive assistance from trained specialists who provide appropriate aid. Using Braille, and other specialized visual techniques, these services support the in maintaining performance in subject matter classes.
Evaluation and Diagnostic services are available for students under chapter 766