Special Education at BNS

At BNS, we offer a wide range of supports and options for supporting students with special needs in and out of the classroom.

Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT)

One class on each grade level at BNS is designated as an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) class. An ICT class is a general education classroom that has the full-time support of a special education teacher who helps insure that the curriculum is accessible to all. Within the ICT class, 8-12 children (40%) have been identified as having special learning needs that special education teachers are trained to address. While all teachers at BNS differentiate the curriculum to meet individual students’ needs, with two teachers working together as a team, much more differentiation is possible. Whether a student needs extra help or an extra challenge, having two teachers means one will be available to meet that need.  Since ICT classes benefit all children, we try to make sure that every child is placed in an ICT class at least once during their time at BNS.

Special Classes

Sometimes children do not experience success in a general education classroom.  They need more individualized attention or a smaller class environment. To support these children we have three special classes (grades 1/2, 3/4, 4/5) with only twelve students each, taught by special education teachers with the support of para-professionals. Wherever and whenever possible, these children join with their peers in other classes so that all students benefit from interactions with all their peers.