Helping Your Student in Middle School

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Special Needs

Grover Cleveland Middle School

Special Needs students for the most part at Grover Cleveland are included in standard classes with extra help from top class instructors. Mr. Baker, Ms. Ferguson and Mrs. Tyson are all there to give these students the extra help that they may need to succeed in middle school.

Grover Cleveland also caters to students who are at a point where they can not yet be included in standard classes. Mr. Morrison, Mr. Lawson, and Ms. O'Brien expertly handle these classes.


GEAR UP has many students that participate in its several programs that may have special needs or disabilities. Everyone at Grover Cleveland has the ability to participate in the programs that GEAR UP offers regardless of need.


Perhaps you are a parent whose child is having difficulty in school and you don't know what to do. Maybe you are an adult who has just been diagnosed with ADHD and you want to learn more. Or perhaps you have friends you may know who have been diagnosed with ADHD and you are looking for resources to better understand ADHD.

No matter how you see yourself, ADHD affects lots of people in lots of ways. CHADD and the National Resource Center on ADHD have information available to help you find the answers you are seeking. You can go to the following websites for great information regarding ADHD: and


If your child or a child of someone you know is diagnosed with Autism, early intervention is very important to get the most benefit from current therapies. Although a parent may not want to "label" their child as autistic, the earlier the diagnosis is made, the earlier the interventions can be made.

Autism is a complex disorder that lasts throughout someone's life. It is a part of a group of disorders known as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Currently 1 in 150 people get diagnosed with autism, making it more common than pediatric cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. It occurs across all racial and ethnic groups and is four times more likely to strike boys than girls. For more information on Autism please go to the following websites:,,,


Asperger's disorder is a variant of Autism. Individuals with Asperger's tend to isolation and eccentric behavior. They tend to have difficulties with social interaction and non-verbal communication. They may also have some difficulty with gross motor function. For more information on Asperger's Disorder please go to the following websites:,


You may have heard the term IEP tossed about at school, but what is it? Students with delayed skills or other disabilities might be eligible for special services that provide IEP's (Individualized Education Plans) in their school, free of charge to families. You can be a more effective advocate for your student if you understand these Individualized Education Plans.

A student who has difficultly learning and functioning and is identified as special needs is an ideal candidate for an IEP. This may allow the student to qualify for support services, allowing the student to be taught in different ways, but still in a standard school setting.

For more information regarding IEPS please go to the following websites:,

504 Plans

Do you have a child or know of a child with disability? If you do, you need to know about 504 plans. The 504 refers to section 504 of the "Americans with Disabilities Act." This act states that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or post-secondary schooling.

A 504 plan spells out modifications and accommodations that might be needed for these students to perform at the same level as other students. For more information regarding 504 plans please go to the following websites:,

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