The Ascension Parish School System provides a continuum of direct, related and support services to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities. Educational opportunities are provided for students ages 3-21 at schools throughout the district. Services include, but are not limited to, gifted, talented, speech, OT, PT, health care, and counseling as well as a rigorous classroom placement to help all students improve and reach their potential.
Ascension Parish Public School (APSB) assures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all children with disabilities residing within the jurisdiction of Ascension Parish between the ages of 3 and 21, inclusive, including children with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled from school.
APSB assures that all procedures for the development and implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process are followed.
The Director of Special Education is responsible for the general supervision of identification, location and evaluation activities/services for students who are suspected of being disabled and for the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities within Ascension Parish Public Schools jurisdiction.
Inclusion continues to be the service model “philosophy” in Ascension Parish. Many of the elementary and middle schools have inclusive settings available to serve students if determined by the IEP team as best “placement”. With special education and regular classroom teachers collaborating to provide the most effective instruction for all students, some special education students receive instruction from special education while in a regular classroom.
The inclusion approach enables students with disabilities to remain in the general education classroom via the IEP process. The students receive the expertise of the content teacher AND the expertise of the special education teacher or trained paraprofessional. The teachers work collaboratively to provide all accommodations, and modifications as appropriate for each student. Inclusion improves all students' chances of succeeding in the general curriculum.
Community-Based Education trains special education students through first-hand experience to become self-sufficient and able to function in the community.
All special education teachers have computers in their classrooms. Students also have access to iPads and computers with programs to enhance their learning. Technical assistance with computers and software is available to all special education teachers and related service personnel. The provision of this service assists special education personnel and related service providers in planning for students, teaching students and assessing students more effectively via the computer.
ADDRESS: 611 N. Burnside Avenue, Gonzales, LA 70737
CONTACT: 225-391-7211; 225-621-2534 fax
DIRECTOR: Susan Vaughn