Coordinated Learning for Academic and Social Success


The CLASS program is a cross-categorical program for middle school students, grades 6-8, whose needs

require more intensive special education services than can be provided in federal settings I or II. Typically,

the students served in this program have special education disability designations of Students Needing

Alternative Programs (SNAP), Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) or Mild Developmental Cognitive

Disability (Mild DCD). Some students may also have behavior needs in addition to their primary academic

disabilities. Many of these students have a long history of placement in special programs, while some

students are referred by school Individual Education Plan (IEP) teams, when the team determines that the

student will need a more intensive program than can be provided in their current setting. Generally, students

in this program are significantly discrepant from peers academically.


The CLASS programs are tailored to meet individual student needs and generally include a focus on

basic academic skills with a secondary emphasis on social skills instruction. The goal of the program is

to empower students with skills so they will make a successful future transition to adult life.


Student IEP goals typically include basic academic skill areas. Students receive intensive academic

intervention, which will include research-based approaches in reading, math and/or written

expression. Many students also need assistance in improving their social and problem-solving skills.

Students also begin to explore vocational/transition activities.


CLASS is a federal setting III program where students receive more than 60% of their school day in

special education programming. Students are mainstreamed generally in non-academic classes.

Whenever appropriate, students receive academic instruction in the general education setting.


For every 15 students in the program, there is a teacher, a special education assistant(s) and social

work time. Teachers must have a SLD or DCD license; multiple licenses are preferred. Other related

services are available based on the needs of an individual student.


Students are referred to CLASS by a school team that follows the Special Education Placement Policy

(SEPP), including consultation with a District Program Facilitator (DPF). When students arrive from

other states or districts with IEPs specifying a federal setting III academic program, the IEP team may

consider CLASS as an option for placement.

LOCATIONS:  (Other than Anthony Middle School)

Andersen, Northeast Middle School, Lucy Laney, Olson, Sheridan and Sullivan


Allana Walsh  

Special Education District Program Facilitator- Middle Schools

Davis Center N3-076


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