Special Education

Arizona Virtual Academy (AZVA) Special Programs Department’s goal is to provide exceptional services and prepare our students for future success. We are committed to placing students with disabilities in grade level curriculum with the appropriate level of special education services and support

AZVA provides a full continuum of special education services. In addition to providing a full continuum of services, we also offer related services, extended school year, and transition services to eligible students.

Consult Services

Students who receive consult services will participate in the general education sessions. The special education teacher will work closely with content teachers, student, and learning coach.

Resource

Resource support is for students who participate in the general education sessions but have separate small group instruction on IEP goals. The certified general education teacher is the teacher of record. The resource sessions will be taught by a certified special education teacher.

Direct Instruction

When a student receives direct instruction in a content area, he/she will not be required to participate in the general education sessions. Instruction focuses on the essential grade-level standards and basic/anchor skills. Instruction will be delivered by a certified special education teacher in a small group setting.

Self-Contained

Students placed in the AZVA Self-Contained program must have a documented intellectual delay. An intellectual delay is determined by the Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MET).
Students in the self-contained program work closely with their case managers, instructors, and related service providers in an alternative curriculum and supplemental programs. The self-contained program is housed at Arizona Virtual Academy.

Related Services

Since we are an online school, related services are primarily provided in an online environment. Examples of related services include counseling and speech and language, occupational, and physical therapy.

Extended School Year Services

Extended school year (ESY) services are offered to eligible special education students during summer vacation. ESY is for students who lose critical skills during regular breaks in instruction and who require an excessive amount of time to regain those skills. Other factors may be considered. Skills appropriate for ESY consideration include those related to self-sufficiency, behavior, socialization, communication, and academics. A student's need and eligibility for ESY instruction is determined by the IEP team.

Transition Services

Transition services are provided for students who are at least sixteen years old. These services, which are based on each student's strengths, interests and preferences, help students make the transition from school to post-school activities, including college education, vocational training, employment, continuing and adult education, adult services, independent living and community participation.