Special Education Program
EXPLANATION OF THE INCLUSIVE MODEL OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION
Great Foundations Christian School recognizes that children are a gift from God and are unique individuals created in His image. Therefore, all children are valuable to us. Not all children learn the same and some children have special needs that make learning more difficult for them. It is our aim to help these children overcome the obstacles that hinder their learning and to provide them with the tools necessary to be successful as a student at GFCS. All children have value in God's eyes and so we will take every opportunity to encourage them and help them to feel part of their classes.
Beginning in the fall of 2021, we are pleased to launch an inclusive model of Christian education for qualifying students in Early Childhood through 12th grade. An inclusive model provides services and support for students with unique needs, as well as students with mild to moderate physical, cognitive and/or emotional challenges. These students will spend the majority of their time in the general education classroom with other students in their grades. However, they will also have a special education teacher who works with them in order to provide additional, specific services.
These students will be a tremendous blessing to our school community. Not only will we be able to provide these students with a high quality, Christ-centered education; they will provide all of our students with the opportunity to practice living out their faith as they daily interact with students whom God has uniquely gifted.
While we recognize that we may not be able to accommodate all children with special needs, every effort will be made to provide an honest assessment of their learning needs and identify ways in which we can (or can learn to) help. For students performing above or below grade level an academic accommodation plan should be entered into between the teacher and the parents on behalf of the students. Also, while we recognize that this individualized intervention plan is not an official IEP, we commit to providing this opportunity for any child who demonstrates a need. As a board, administration, and staff, we will model a Christ-like attitude toward children with special needs which we believe will filter down to the parents and students in the school.