A general education classroom is one that is composed of students of whom at least 70 percent are without identified special education eligibility, that utilizes the general curriculum, that is taught by an instructor certified for general education.
ICT classrooms include students with and without disabilities and have two teachers, a general education teacher and a special education teacher. The teachers work together throughout the day to adapt and modify instruction for your child and make sure the entire class has access to the general education curriculum. Students may be in an ICT classroom all day or for a portion of the day. The number of students with disabilities in an ICT class does not exceed 40% of the total class register or a maximum of 12.
Self-contained classrooms may have a maximum of 12 students with one special education teacher and up to four paraprofessionals. In a Special Class setting, students must be grouped by similarity of educational needs. The group can contain students with the same disability or with different disabilities as long as they have similar levels of academic achievement and common learning characteristics, management needs, levels of social development and physical development.
Dual Language Programs
Russian Dual Language Program (RDLP)
The Russian Dual Language Program is designed for both native English and native Russian speakers with the ultimate goal to achieve language proficiency through social interaction, project-based learning, and full immersion into both languages. As a part of a diverse class and school community, students develop greater appreciation of their own culture as well as the culture of others. RDLP currently runs from Pre-K through 3rd Grade and will continue to expand. The program follows an Alternate Day Model with classes being taught in Russian or English on alternating days determined prior to the beginning of the school year to ensure a balanced exposure to both languages.
Двуязычная русско-английская программа (RDLP)
Двуязычная русско-английская программа предназначена для носителей английского и русских языков. Главной целью программы является овладение иностранным языком (русским или английским) с помощью общения, проектного обучения и полного погружения в оба языка. Являясь неотъемлемой частью многонационального класса и многонациональной школы, ученики имеют возможность глубже понять как свою культуру, так и культуру других людей. В настоящее время RDLP предлагает обучение с Pre-K до 3-го класса с последующим расширением в будущем. Программа придерживается модели альтернативного дня, в течение которого уроки преподаются на русском или на английском языке в зависимости от дня обучения. Для обеспечения сбалансированного изучения обоих языков, дни обучения определяются до начала учебного года.
Spanish Dual Language Program (SDLP)
The Spanish Dual Language Program (SDLP) at P.S. 145m, integrates native English speaking and Spanish speaking, as well as English language learning students in the same classroom and provides academic instruction through two languages. A balanced approach to literacy is used, which includes shared and guided reading, oral practice, and independent reading. Students have the opportunity to read and write in both languages. In math, content and academic vocabulary are taught in both languages. Instruction is delivered through an alternative day model.
The goal of the SDLP is to develop bilingual and bi-literate children who read, write, listen and speak in both languages by the time they graduate. The program also fosters an appreciation and acceptance of other cultures and cultural differences. Many studies have shown that there are many benefits to a bilingual education. Bilingual children can outperform monolingual children in a number of subject areas. Being bilingual can improve a child’s multitasking skills, attention control, problem solving, critical thinking and creativity.
For further information on our Spanish Dual Language Program please email the Spanish Dual Language Coordinator at Slorenz@schools.nyc.gov or call the Parent Coordinator at 212-678-2857.
Speech & Language Services
Speech-Language Pathologists help students develop and improve their communication skills. This includes helping with speech sounds (articulation/phonology), stuttering (fluency), understanding spoken language (listening comprehension), expanding vocabulary, expressing thoughts and needs (expressive language), social skills, voice, and feeding/swallowing. In a school setting, SLPs also play an essential role in supporting students’ development of reading and writing (literacy) whether by working directly with students or by providing professional development opportunities for teachers. Speech and language services are provided in accordance with students’ Individualized Educational Programs. Students are typically seen one-on-one and/or in small groups in a designated speech therapy room and/or in students’ classrooms. Our SLPs are committed to close collaboration with families/caregivers, classroom teachers, and special education teams to help students achieve their full potential in both academic and social lives.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Our ESL program is a combination push-in and pull-out, depending on the needs of the students. English language learners may leave their regular classroom for a short period each day or week to receive direct ESL teaching or tutoring. Sometimes, they are pulled out individually and sometimes in small groups. Our ESL teacher also pushes in to support the classroom's teacher instruction and help the student in learning the content of instruction.
Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS)
SETSS is specially designed and/or supplemental instruction provided by a special education teacher that can help your child stay in the general education classroom. SETSS may be provided for as few as three hours per week and as much as 50% of each school day.