Student Support ProgramsOur goal as educators is to ensure that all students are learning. In the event that a child is not meeting academic standards, there is a pyramid of support that we have in place that provides both teachers and parents with strategies and a plan for how to support a particular child. The first level of support takes place in the regular classroom. Our teachers are well-versed in differentiating curriculum for students and meeting their individual needs. However, sometimes a teacher’s attempts to intervene and support may not be enough.Student Study Team (SST)A Student Study Team (SST) is comprised of the classroom teacher, the parent, the principal, the Special Education teachers, the School Psychologist and the School Counselor (if necessary). The team works collaboratively to understand the child’s strengths and areas of need and then to create a plan of action.RAMP ProgramIn some cases, the student is referred to our RAMP (Reading and Math Support Program) for a period of focused and targeted instruction. If, after the classroom support and the RAMP support, the child continues to not meet standards, an evaluation by the Resource Teacher and School Psychologist may be deemed appropriate by the SST team.
In some cases, instead of needing intervention to support learning, students excel in certain areas of the curriculum and need activities and lessons that meet their learning needs. Although the Mill Valley School District does not offer a formal Gifted and Talented program, teachers differentiate their instruction within the classroom by providing lessons, activities or projects that are appropriate for the individual student’s level.Special EducationIf the child qualifies for Special Education under the Federal and State Guidelines, the child may be eligible for one or more services such as our Resource Program, Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy. If the child does not qualify for these programs, the SST team develops an alternate intervention plan.