Serving All Children

Alma del Mar Charter School is committed to meeting the needs of all children.  If your child is selected in our lottery, we will work with you to develop a plan to serve your scholar’s academic and non-academic needs.  Every scholar at Alma del Mar has the opportunity to participate fully in all components of our curriculum and all school-related activities.

Below is an outline of some of the supports that we currently provide to scholars:

Special Education
Currently, approximately 25% of scholars at Alma del Mar have an IEP or 504 Plan in place.  Scholars currently at Alma del Mar have a wide array of conditions including autism, seizure disorders, ADHD, communication disorders, Tourette’s Syndrome, dyslexia, and other specific learning disabilities.  These scholars receive a wide array of supports.

Alma del Mar employs a full-time literacy interventionist, special education interventionist, and paraprofessional.  These team members work with scholars in their classrooms and outside of their classrooms in order to support scholars in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, social needs, and behavior needs.  All our lead teachers and associate teachers also collaborate to address the special needs of individual scholars.

Through our partnership with the Schwartz Center for Children, Alma del Mar provides speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy onsite.  Alma del Mar also contracts with a behavioral and educational consultant who supports teachers in devising and implementing plans for struggling scholars.  Alma del Mar currently works with Massachusetts General Hospital and the Integrated Center for Child Development to conduct psychological and neurological testing.  Alma del Mar provides vision therapy and other individualized treatment programs to address the needs of children as they arise.

All special education services are provided onsite during the school day at no cost to families.

At any time, a teacher, parent, pediatrician, or other individual in a child’s life may request an evaluation.  Alma del Mar initiates all evaluations within 5 days of parental request.

To learn more about your rights as a parent, please visit the Federation for Children with Special Needs Website.

English Language Learners
Nearly half of our kindergarteners speak a language other than English at home.  Many of these scholars are still working on their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in English when they arrive at Alma del Mar.  Alma del Mar offers a comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of our English Language Learners.

During kindergarten screening, every new scholar who is exposed to a language other than English participates in an English language assessment.  At that time, we identify any areas of need in English language development.

All of our classrooms engage in Sheltered English Immersion practices that support children as they learn English.  In addition, we provide direct instruction in English in small groups outside of the general education classroom.

Health Needs
Alma del Mar employs a full-time school nurse.  In coordination with you and your child’s doctor, we will implement a plan to ensure that your child is healthy and safe at school.  This plan may include medication administration and ongoing asthma treatment as authorized by you and your child’s doctor.

We strongly encourage all families to apply to Alma del Mar.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding how we can meet your child’s needs, please do not hesitate to contact us at any time: info@almadelmar.org; 774-206-6827

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