Profile of an Ivy Creek Student / Admission Requirements

Ivy Creek School serves students with disabilities in grades Kindergarten through 12 from the participating school divisions of Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville, Culpeper County, Fluvanna County, Greene County, Louisa County, Madison County and Nelson County.    Students are eligible for special education, are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral challenges, and are often identified under the categories of Emotional Disability or Other Health Impairment.  Students who attend Ivy Creek School, a separate public day school for students, have an Individualized Education Program  (IEP) for special education services to address their emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges.

Students may be referred to Ivy Creek School after the resources and interventions in their home schools have been exhausted and specific goal progress has not been made. It is considered a more restrictive setting where there are only students with disabilities. The school setting is much smaller, offering a low student to teacher ratio and access to a Therapeutic Team including a Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Behavior Specialist, and School Counselor. Staff are provided training in trauma-informed care, crisis de-escalation, and specific strategies to address deficits in social skills, emotional regulation, and other social-emotional learning challenges. The school focuses on individualized goals to target those behaviors that caused the most difficulty in the regular education setting, with the goal of students returning to their home schools once they learn these skills and strategies.

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