ELL & SPED
English Language Learners
For students qualified by AZELLA as English Language Learners, AMS Desert Sky provides an English Language Development program in compliance with Arizona State requirements. All English Language Learners have four hours of English Language Development instruction per day. Comprehensive information about the program is sent home to families of English Language Learners.
AMS Desert Sky fully complies with the requirements of Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and strive to provide meaningful participation for every student with disabilities in the general education under our inclusion model. The inclusion of Special Education (SPED) students in our full academic program is facilitated through direct services, consultation, and support offered Special Education Teachers and Special Education support staff.
For more information about SPED and AMS Desert Sky's services and support for SPED students, contact Ettor Strada, SPED Director/504 Coordinator: [email protected]; 520-293-2676.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, last reauthorized in 2004, states that all individuals with disabilities from birth through 21 years of age are to receive a free and appropriate education (FAPE). This education must occur in a least restrictive environment (LRE) and provide supplementary aids and supports when necessary. School districts, including charter schools, are responsible for identifying and providing special education services to students from 5 to 21 years of age. Schools are required to make curricular adaptations including both accommodations and modifications to the educational environment to facilitate equal opportunity for disabled students to obtain the same results, to gain the same benefit, or to reach the same level of achievement as their non-disabled peers. AMS Desert Sky provides support to students with disabilities and provides education in the same physical environment as their non-disabled peers as much as possible.
To learn more about the rights of disabled students and required special education procedures, click here.