Special Education West Building

Special Education Moderate to Severe Professional Staff

  • 18 Significant Support Teachers and 32 Teacher Assistants
  • 1 Full Time Registered Nurse and 1 Clinic Assistant
  • 2 Adaptive Physical Education Teacher and Teacher Assistant
  • 1 Art Teacher
  • 1 Music Teacher
  • 1 Work Experience Program Coordinator and 3 Job Coaches
  • 2 Speech-Language Pathologists
  • 1 West Building Secretary

Who Are We? Moderate to Severe Disabilities

The Special Education Department at Princess Anne High School offers both a departmentalized and a self-contained model for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to function as independently as possible in the heterogeneous community in which they live, whether it be vocational sites, domestic living situations, recreation and leisure activities, or the use of community facilities.

The Program

  • Different teachers for each area of instruction (with the exception of a few classes).
  • Block Scheduling
  • Collaborative Teaching in special education as well as regular education classes
  • Functional Academics
  • Inclusion, where appropriate, with the regular education program
  • Hands-on experience in the community and various job sites
  • Transition Service

The Curriculum: Community-Based Insruction

Community Based Instruction: Our students use actual sites in the community to develop skills in shopping, dining out, transportation, and communication. Speech therapists use a collaborative model to promote effective communication skills for all students regardless of their disability.

Vocational: Production skills are taught, i.e., bulk mail processing, which includes labeling, collating, stuffing envelopes, sorting, following directions, eye-hand coordination and appropriate work behavior. Emphasis is also placed on developing stamina. Our students work for the following businesses; Ruby Tuesday’s, Central Library, Bayside Library, Tidewater Collections Association, Providence Elementary School PTA, Thalia Trinity Presbyterian Church, Applebee’s, Virginia Reading Council, BJ’s Wholesale, The Diversity Youth Advisory Council, and the Cheerleading Squad at Princess Anne High School.

Domestic: Classes emphasize skills necessary for indoor/outdoor housekeeping/ maintenance skills, food preparation, menu planning, shopping and budgeting, health, safety, and personal hygiene skills. The domestic classes are responsible for laundering uniforms and other items for the Work Experience Program.

Recreation/Leisure: An adaptive physical education teacher provides instruction in lifetime skills, physical fitness and nutrition. Art and music are also a part of this course and a Music Therapist and an Art Specialist provide instruction. When appropriate, students are integrated with their non-disabled peers.

School-Sponsored Activities: Our students participate in all school- sponsored activities that are offered during the instructional day, such as pep rallies and assemblies. Students are involved in a variety of clubs offered on a weekly during student enrichment time. These clubs are designed to promote fitness and help students enhance their social and recreation

West Wing Clubs

Aerobics Club             
Creative Minds Club 
Chefs Club    
Drama Club                
Gamers Club               
Get Fit Club
Photography Club
Stars Club
Walkers Club
Young Life Capernaum Club

Educational Websites

Readingrockets.org- Resources for reading strategies

Blog.readkiddoread.com- Book recommendations and descriptions for various age groups.

Studyjams.scholastic.com- Videos and songs related to Math and Science topics.

Starfall.com - Learn to read with phonics.

Storyplace.org - Multi-level online stories and activities.

Zacbrowser.com - the first internet browser developed specifically for children with autism and other special needs.