Diman Regional

Vocational Technical High School

Developing the Unique Potential of Each Learner

Special Education Department Overview

  • Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School offers a Basic Vocational/Academic Program, which is specifically designed and modified for those students requiring a more concentrated daily curriculum due to their learning difficulties. Students in the Basic Program receive instruction in academics and shop on a daily basis allowing for continuous instruction and reinforcement of curriculum. Diman provides a range of services to all students with disabilities as per their Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).

    Basic Program of Studies/Vocational Program

    Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School offers a Basic Vocational/Academic Program, which is specifically designed and modified for those students requiring a more concentrated daily curriculum due to their learning difficulties. Students in the Basic Program receive instruction in academics and shop on a daily basis allowing for continuous instruction and reinforcement of curriculum. Diman provides a range of services to all students with disabilities as per their Individual Educational Plans (IEPs).

    • In order to meet learning goals on a student’s IEP, modified academic instruction occurs in a self-contained Special Education classroom during four periods of the school day in specific subject areas based on a student’s grade level.• English Language Arts and math are taught at all four grade levels.
    • Physical Education is taught at all four grade levels one day per week, substituting one period of P.E. for one period of either history or science depending on grade level.
    • Biology is taught at the tenth grade level in order to prepare students to take the state MCAS exam in their sophomore year.
    • History is taught at the ninth, eleventh, and twelfth grade levels. 
    • Computer Applications is taught in the ninth and tenth grade levels during one class period of ELA for one trimester in the computer lab.
    • Each academic classroom has an 8:1 ratio. If the ratio exceeds 8:1 a para-professional will assist with the class.
    • Students are integrated into a vocational program for the remaining half of their day, equivalent to four school periods daily.

    Standard Program of Studies

    • For students whose learning difficulties do not require academic and vocational reinforcement on a daily basis, the Standard Program consists of students attending alternating, 2-week academic and vocational cycles.
    • Support in math and/or English Language Arts is provided based on students’ Individual Education Plans, (IEPs).
    • Students’ IEPs provide all academic and vocational teachers with the necessary accommodations/modifications to enable students to succeed in a less restrictive environment for the majority of the day.
    • Standard Program students on IEPs are mainstreamed into vocational trade areas based on results of the Freshman Exploratory Program.

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