What Does An Increase In Special Education Services Mean?

Every year the National Center for Education Statistics creates a report on the state of education in the United States.

As a school that focuses on research-based forms of teaching, we always take note of this report. The curriculum for each of our students varies based on their individual needs, so we always want to have our finger on the pulse of national education trends.

According to the NCES report, 13% of all public school students are receiving special education.

34% of those students have specific learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, or ADHD.

These numbers stick out to us because they represent an increase in students receiving special education.

In some ways, this is a positive step. This means more children have an IEP (Individualized Education Program) and at the very least, it means more parents have a sense that their child is receiving some extra assistance.

On the other hand, not all public schools are equipped to handle the increasing rates of students needing additional support or special education services. Consider this: Many classrooms are overloaded which makes handling individual needs challenging. Additionally, support may be through “push-in” services, when a student may need specific intervention. In effect, children who need services may not be getting all the help they require.

This is one of the many reasons we created Compass Academy.

Compass Academy is designed to help students who benefit from specialized schooling. Some of our students have specific learning disabilities while others may only need help with a few particular areas.

Our goal is to take a whole-child approach with each student. We know students do not all learn in the same way, so we work with each student to give them the tools to become successful learners. In that way, we help them navigate a path to success and confidence.

Students who may match well with Compass Academy might:

  • Need a flexible schedule
  • Thrive with individualized and small group attention
  • Be struggling in a specific academic area

That said, not all of the above circumstances apply to every child. It is our mission, at Compass Academy, to help as many students with different types of learning challenges as we can. Compass Academy is about finding the right combination of offerings, so your child can not just succeed, but thrive.

We know that finding a great school can be an emotional roller coaster. If you are looking for a private school in San Diego with specialized options, flexible scheduling, and extremely individualized learning plans – we could be the right fit!

Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation, or simply to ask questions.

Compass Academy enrolls students on a rolling basis. We can discuss arrangements even if your child has already started school elsewhere.

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The Condition of Education 2018 reports any significant changes in public and private school demographics and provides a wealth of important insights for educators and parents.

You can learn more about the report and download a PDF at the National Center for Education Statistics website.

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