SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
Special education services are available to students with disabilities (SWD) from age 3 through 21 years of age. Toronto promotes inclusion practices whenever appropriate, and provides support to the general education teacher and/or the students with disabilities participating in the general education setting. The district employs 12 intervention specialists serving grades PK-12. In addition, the district contracts the services of a school psychologist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, and physical therapist who serve students identified with deficits in the areas of communication, fine motor, and gross motor.
Title I is a national program funded through the federal government. Karaffa Elementary School and Toronto Jr.-Sr. High School are Title I schoolwide schools. As a Title I schoolwide school, funds are able to be used to provide additional training, resources, and staffing to benefit all students in reading and math- from below to above grade level. Having schoolwide status enables us to assist all of our students and enhance our reading and math program as a whole. This means any student, who could benefit from additional help using Title I resources, whether for short-term intervention or a year-long remediation plan, will receive the help needed.
The state of Ohio defines a gifted student as one who “performs or shows potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment and who are identified under division (A), (B), (C), or (D) of section 3324.03 of Ohio Revised Code. Students can be identified as gifted in the areas of superior cognitive ability (general intelligence), specific academic ability (reading, math, social studies, and/or science), creative thinking ability, and visual-performing arts ability. Gifted and talented students need differentiated curriculum and instruction and support services in order to fully develop their cognitive, academic, creative and artistic abilities or to excel in a specific content area, including opportunities to exceed grade level academic indicators and benchmarks. These gifted services are consistent with the students’ areas of gifted identification.