Continuum of Services



The following is a description of the programming available within the district for eligible students (aged 3 to 22) as documented in their IEPs.


Programming Descriptions


Program:  Preschool - South Kingstown Integrated Preschool (SKIP), and Walk-in services

Location(s):  Wakefield Elementary School

Program Overview: Services provided through the SKIP program are designed for students with disabilities aged 3-5 based on their own unique learning and developmental needs.  SKIP is a high-quality general education program that ensures access to the least restrictive environment.  Special Education services in the integrated model are delivered by an educator certified in both general early childhood education, and early childhood special education.  The integrated classroom model includes up to 15 children with and without disabilities (7:8). Children may attend from 3-5 days as determined through the IEP process.  Related services are primarily provided through an interdisciplinary, collaborative approach within the classroom with some pull-out services to address very specific individualized needs.

Children not requiring a program through special education or who are enrolled in an outside early childhood setting, or at home, may receive walk-in services in accordance with their Individualized Education Program. 


Programming:  Academic and Functional Supports and Services

Location(s):  All Schools

Programming Overview: Services provided through this programming are designed for students based on their own unique learning needs that are impacted by their disability.  Services will be delivered through co-taught, push-in, or pull-out models across content areas and through the various curriculum as indicated in the IEP.  Essential components of this programming include instruction that ensures students are able to access the general education curriculum in their least restrictive environment.


Programming: Social Emotional Learning Supports and Services

Location(s): Matunuck Elementary School and West Kingston Elementary School, Broad Rock Middle School, Curtis Corner Middle School, South Kingstown High School

Programming Overview: Students who are exhibiting both internalizing and externalizing social-emotional needs, can access services through this programming model.  Services provided include direct instruction in both academic and functional areas with a key focus on social-emotional learning and providing behavior interventions.  Students who receive services that would be included in this programming have a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP) in place that has been created through the completion of a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA).  Service delivery location will be flexible based on each student’s needs at any given time with the goal that the student work to be able to participate in the general education setting.  Essential components of this programming include a positive behavioral approach that teaches strategies for self-management and responsible decision making. 


Programming:  Intensive Academic and Functional Supports and Services

Location(s):  Matunuck Elementary School, Broad Rock Middle School, Curtis Corner Middle School

Programming Overview: This program is designed to support students who have severe disabilities across various domains (i.e. language, fine motor, gross motor, social, and cognitive).  This program focuses on functional academics and social skills development.  Students are taught using a modified curriculum that is aligned to the Rhode Island Essential Elements. Essential components of this program include a multi-sensory approach, positive behavioral supports, social pragmatic learning, related services consulting, and instruction.  Services will be delivered in an alternate setting with opportunities for students to engage in the general education setting as indicated in each student’s IEP.


Program:  Academy of Independence and Career Readiness

Location(s):  South Kingstown High School

Program Overview: This program is a continuum of intensive academic and functional supports and services.  At this level, students will continue to be taught using a modified curriculum aligned to the Rhode Island Essential Elements and will work to fulfill the graduation requirements as outlined in our graduation policy.  These requirements include coursework that covers functional academics, activities of daily living skills, employment readiness skills, communication skills, self-determination, and self-advocacy skills to aid in the development of independence to support meaningful engagement in their community. In addition, students will participate in community-based career trial experiences as required by the Consent Decree.  To aid in supporting the Employment First initiative, students will participate in MAPs (My Action Plan) meetings which will be used to develop Career Development Plans (CDP) and guide IEP development.  Essential components of this program include a multi-sensory approach, positive behavioral supports, social pragmatic learning, related services consulting, and instruction. Services will be delivered in an alternate setting with opportunities for students to engage in the general education setting as indicated in each student’s IEP.






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