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Special Education Department

Message from the Chairperson

The Special Education Department at North Salem Middle/High School provides support for all students, the North Salem stakeholders, through partnership and collaboration. We offer a seamless, flexible and integrated continuum of services. We believe in helping students with disabilities reach higher levels of achievement. One of our goals is to place students with disabilities in the general education setting as much as possible.  Our co-teaching model provides the opportunity for students receiving special education to be integrated into general education classrooms.  Co-teaching teams consist of one regular education teacher and one special education teacher, both who are highly qualified in the subject/area. In the co-teaching philosophy, both teachers take equal responsibility for the success of all the children in their classroom.  Co-teaching provides all students with more options to add depth to their learning and more opportunities for teacher interactions to address their individual needs.

As a department, our goal is to support the mission, in that, we will engage students to solve problems through critical and creative thinking.  Another area of focus is on the common core and literacy across our curriculums.  In order to implement common core standards into our classes and to promote literacy across the curriculum, all our teachers work closely with other departments to make sure their curriculum is aligned with the new common core standards.


Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

Students with Disabilities & the Common Core State Standards Resources







Chase University River Central School District