Q: I would like my student to get a diploma, is that possible for an inclusion student?
A: It is not typical, but is possible. This program is mainly geared towards students earning a certificate of completion. In order for a student to earn a diploma they must take all of the required courses. In other words, they would not take any classes with me, other than study hall. Again, this is not typical and would need to be discussed between myself and the parents.
Q: What's the difference between the Inclusive Education Services and the Educational Support Services (ESS) at CCHS?
A: Abrianne Castaneda is the ESS Director. She assists students who need mild supports. They receive academic support from her and are on track to earn a diploma. Abrianne and I are committed to making sure each student receives the supports they need to succeed, so we regularly collaborate together about students.
Q: Will you help me navigate guardianship and social security income when my student turns 18?
A: Yes, I will definitely help where I can! I usually recommend a lawyer who will help you through the process, but I can answer general questions. It can be a stressful thing to go through, but I find that many of the parents I have worked with that have completed this process are very willing to offer advice and support based on their experience.
Q: Is there a specific process that needs to be done in order for a student to receive Inclusive Education Services?
A: Because we need to be able to determine if we are properly equipped to service a student, there are a few steps we need to take in order to determine if we can properly service your student. First, I will meet with the parents/guardians to discuss the student and their vision for their student. Second, I will observe the student in their current school setting if appropriate and communicate with them about the student as well. Third, I will ask for the student to visit CCHS for part of the day. After these three things have happened, I will contact the parents detailing what we can and can't do for their student. I will ask for one more meeting before the student starts school at CCHS to choose classes, plan out the 360 plan and goals (if applicable), transition planning, and detail the supports available to the student and parents/guardians. I also include Abrianne Castaneda (ESS Director) in this process when necessary. We value the importance of meeting student needs and being a school where they can thrive, while also recognizing CCHS's capabilities to meet those needs. Because of this, if we find that we are not able to appropriately service your student and all of their needs, we will help recommend you to another school or program that may be more capable to fit your students' needs.