HIGHLAND TERRACE ELEMENTARY
Blended Program Introduction
Highland Terrace Elementary is proud of our “blending” program, which serves as a special education model where general education and special needs students share portions of their day together. As a district-wide magnet program for students with moderate-to-severe disabilities, Highland Terrace serves students grades K-6 with a variety of challenges impacting physical development, communication, and/or daily living skills. Blending occurs for a portion of the school day, which includes lunch, music, library, PE, recess, art, field trips, assemblies, special school events, and some academic subjects. Highland Terrace has three blended classrooms:
- Our K-2nd grade class blends with a general education 1st grade class
- Our 3rd-4th grade class blends with a general education 3rd grade class
- Our 4th-6th grade class blends with a general education 5th grade class
Staff ratios are typically 1 adult to 2 or 3 students. Each class is managed by a certificated teacher with the assistance of paraeducators. For health and safety reasons, some of the students in our program have dedicated 1:1 aides.
Highland Terrace believes there are numerous benefits of the Blended program at our school. The program provides opportunities for social-emotional growth and confidence building for all children. By learning from each other, students and staff develop acceptance, empathy, and relationships that strengthen our community.