Children Learning Academic & Social Skills (CLASS)

Children Learning Academic & Social Skills (CLASS)


Coordinator: Linda Koch, 331-228-6007

  Linda.Koch@d303.org

Harrison Street Elementary School, District 304
201 N. Harrison St., Geneva, IL 60134
Teacher: (K-3) Ms. Megan Burnett, 331-228-6864 

 

 
Mill Creek Elementary School, District 304
0N900 Brundige Drive, Geneva, IL 60134 (630) 463-3400  
Teacher: Ms. Lindsay McEachern (331) 228-5521                           
 Lindsay.McEachern@d303.org
   

The Children Learning Academic & Social Skills Program (CLASS) serves students kindergarten through fifth grade. These cross-categorical instructional classes are designed for students whose primary needs are behavioral, social or emotional in nature.  Students may have secondary disabilities as well.  The program provides small, structured classroom settings with an approximate ratio of one adult per every two students.  Key components of CLASS include:

  • The goal of CLASS is for students to gain confidence and essential social and emotional skills to support them in successfully returning to a general education setting, if appropriate. 
  • Program emphasis is on the development of social and emotional skills for children who benefit from specialized support for at least 50% of their day in a small, structured setting. 
  • Students are integrated into the general education classroom with support for behavioral, social and emotional needs.  Most students participate in general music, art, PE, lunch and recess. Other integration opportunities are available for students as their needs indicate. 
  • Related services are available through direct and/or consultation through the program as indicated on the IEP to meet the students' needs.  Social work services are an integral part of the program where social skills instruction is provided in groups and/or individual sessions. 
  • Curriculum content is aligned with grade level Illinois Learning Standards.  Lessons are taught through a multi-sensory and multi-modality approach. As much as possible, the program uses instructional materials and methodologies that resemble the general education environment. 
  • The program incorporates positive strategies and interventions to assist students. Students benefit from a highly structured environment with consistent expectations and follow through.  Many students have a behavioral intervention plan incorporated into the IEP, which is monitored and reviewed frequently.  Most of the classrooms have an overall behavior management system. 
  • Parent collaboration/participation is an integral component of this program through frequent communication.