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     Overview
     
    The WesterStudent working with teacher in classroom at desk n Pennsylvania School for Blind Children educational program is divided into three programs: Primary, Middle and Secondary.
    • Primary Program 
    • Middle Program
    • Secondary Program
    Small class sizes of no more than seven students ensure students receive the individualized attention and instruction necessary to reach their fullest potential.Classroom teams consist of a certified teacher of the visually impaired, occupational therapist, physical therapist, speech and language pathologist, orientation and mobility instructor, behavior support specialist, nurse and para-educators.


    Each student
    has an individualized educational program (IEP) that is designed to meet his/her specific, unique needs and abilities. The plan helps teachers and related service providers understand student challenges and how they affect the learning process. In other words, the IEP describes how the student learns, how the student best demonstrates that learning and what teachers and therapists can do to help the student learn more effectively.

    Assessments form the cornerstones of individualized educational programs. Teachers and therapists establish baselines for each student and then promote the acquisition of new skills. A variety of assessment tools are used to measure student achievement. The Computerized Achievement Tracking System, for example, studies the effects of programming on student progress. Our students also participate in statewide testing. Each spring teachers administer the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment to specified groups of pupils.