Who is eligible for placement at The Midland School and who initiates placement?
Eligibility for special education services is determined by the IEP team from the local education agency. The decision to seek placement at Midland is also the responsibility of the IEP team which is composed of the parents/guardians, child study team members, and other professionals with expertise relevant to the student’s education plan.
What academic subjects are taught in the classroom?
Reading, mathematics and language skills are taught on a daily basis. Instruction these areas are driven by the IEP and correlate to the NJ core curriculum standards. Additionally, there are lessons content areas of social studies and science.
What is Midland’s homework policy?
Homework is not a part of the regular Midland School program. This is to assure that the student receives instruction by a trained special education teacher. Furthermore, we wish to avoid any difficulties that may occur when parents insist that their children complete homework assignments or when they attempt to instruct their children. Exceptions to the no homework rule would occur when the teacher feels the student genuinely desires this work in order to bolster his/her self-image or when a child is being prepared for imminent return to a regular program, or involved in an extended job placement.
What are the class sizes and the student/teacher ratio?
Classes vary in size from six students to a maximum of eleven students in a class. Generally, the younger students have the smaller classes and the teens the larger ones. All classes have a teacher and an aide working with them.
Why are the classrooms small?
Midland’s philosophy is that the size of the room helps provide structure for students who may have difficulty managing their attention and movement. The small space limits the distractions and interruptions so that students can focus on their learning. Teachers are always nearby to provide careful supervision and prompting, if necessary. Students are able to benefit from visual as well as auditory directions and input.
How do parents know what is going on with their child?
Communication books go back and forth between home and school for many Midland students.
Midland staff can also communicate via e-mail with parents.
Midland staff participates in re-evaluation and annual review meetings with parents and sending district Child Study Team members.
Teachers complete progress reports three times each year.
A parent visitation day is scheduled once each year.
Parents may observe the classroom from the hall using a listening device upon request.
Teachers maintain private website pages containing information on their curricular and classroom activities.
Are students taught life skills?
Midland has a two-room apartment that is used by all classes to teach independent living skills. Students have the opportunity to practice cooking, cleaning, laundry, home safety, and personal care skills. Additionally, there are five community living areas used for instruction. These include a bank, post office, restaurant, supermarket and retail store. Students also have the opportunity to take field trips that allow them to practice their skills in the community.
What speech services are available at Midland?
Midland provides and schedules speech and language services individually, in small groups, or integrated into the school program. Transitional language groups are formed for older teens to practice their language skills. Midland uses a total communication approach. Our therapists have experience working with many different augmentative devices. Oral motor therapy is also offered as appropriate.
Are Occupational and Physical Therapy available at Midland?
Midland provides and schedules both occupational and physical therapy services.
Does Midland have a lunch program?
All children bring their lunches from home and eat them in their classroom or visit a friend in another class. Students can purchase milk to be delivered to their classroom at lunch time. There are no facilities for students to heat lunches.
How are the children grouped in classes?
Children are grouped based on their age and the social and behavioral cohesiveness of the class group. Each class has a diversity of academic levels. At certain age levels there are several classes available.
Does Midland have extra curricular activities?
Midland has drama, photography and art clubs, chorus, instrumental instruction, student council, and intramurals. All these activities occur during the school day.
Does Midland have after school programs?
Yes. Midland’s after school program gives children the opportunity to socialize with their peers in a structured and fun environment. Students are invited to sign up for a variety of activities appropriate for their age group. These may include, but are not limited to, sports movies and pizza, cooking, digital photography, dance, yoga, pottery and sign language. Transportation after the program is the parent’s responsibility and some classes have a fee.
Does Midland have a summer school program?
Midland runs a 30 day extended school year program in the summer. Whether a student attends or not is a joint decision between the parents and the sending district child study team and is an IEP issue.
What are Midland respites?
Midland offers weekend respites for students. Respites are held approximately every three weeks and each student is eligible to participate once a year, if they wish. Five students stay with two Midland staff members in the Midland apartment. The students participate in a variety of independent living and social activities both at Midland and in the community. Parents have a well-deserved break from parental responsibilities. There is a fee to participate in the weekend respite program.
How much is tuition and who is responsible for payment?
As every child is entitled to a free and appropriate education, parents are not responsible for the cost of special education or related services including transportation. The tuition at Midland is determined by an actual cost formula established by the NJDOE and paid by the local sending district through a combination of federal, state and local tax revenues.
How do I apply to Midland?
All applications must come through a local child study team. The team sends Midland a packet with the child’s reports and IEP. The Principal reviews the reports to determine if the child seems appropriate for Midland. If so, she will schedule an intake visit for the child and their parents. After the intake, Midland’s staff will decide if we can provide an appropriate program for the child, and will subsequently notify the sending district CST of our decision. Learn more about our admissions process.