Special Programs

Special Programs

Gifted and Talented: Gifted children means those persons between the ages of four and twenty-one whose aptitude or competence in abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment in one or more domains are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Programming is available for any Harmony Ridge scholar who qualifies based on assessment results or in special categories. Students who qualify for for gifted and talented services are challenged academically through differentiation and enrichment in the classroom based on a personalized Advanced Learning Plan.

Exceptional Student Services: All students who have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) are provided additional academic, social/emotional, speech/language, and/or OT/PT support as defined in their IEP. Special education services are provided within the Multi-tiered Systems of Support model (MTSS).

Autism: A center placement for students who are diagnosed with autism is housed at Harmony Ridge. The students who are placed in the autism classroom receive small group academic, communication and social emotional support in their classroom. They may also receive speech/language and or OT/PT supports as defined in their IEP. Students in the autism classroom may be mainstreamed when appropriate to gain social and communication skills from their typical peers.

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education(CDLE): Aurora Public Schools offers services to English Language Learners through two complementary aspects of programming: Differentiated content instruction and English Language Development (ELD). Each of these aspects of programming is designed to ensure that students develop English-language proficiency and build academic skills in all areas of the core curriculum.

All options contain the following required components:

  • Well-articulated, standards-based, differentiated English Language Development (ELD) instruction, specifically designed for English Language Learners
  • Well-articulated, standards-based, differentiated instruction in the core curriculum, with primary language support where possible
  • Structured experiences designed to develop multicultural proficiency and positive identity