Student Support Services
The Crestwood School District Special Services Department provides programs and services for students with specialized educational needs. The Special Education Services Department assures that the programs and services meet state and federal requirements. State and federal laws state that all children, including those with disabilities, have a right to a free appropriate education (FAPE). The department provides support to parents and students in the following areas:
- Special Education - Michigan Law, under ACT 451 of the Public Acts of 1976, requires that special education supports be available to all eligible children, from birth to age 26, or graduation. Crestwood employs 21 certified and trained teachers who deliver academic services to students who are identified by a team of professionals as requiring special education instruction in order to become active, successful learners in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) setting. When necessary to meet a student’s unique educational needs and goals, consideration will be given to providing services in other locations. A small number of our students need more intensive, specially designed instructional programs throughout much or all of the school day. These programs are available at designated schools within our district and other schools in Wayne County. Our main objective is to work collaboratively with the general education teachers to provide as much time in the student’s regular grade as they can successfully handle as well as give the individual support that is needed. A wide range of support services are available to meet the individual needs of students. These services include psychological evaluations, speech therapy, school social worker evaluations and support, occupational therapy, as well as a school nurse to assist with medical issues that children may have. Appropriate related services are identified through the IEP process. Transition plans are developed for all eligible students beginning at age 16, or younger if appropriate. Functional Behavior Assessments are conducted for students at all levels whose behavior impedes their own learning or the learning of others, and Behavior Intervention Plans are developed as necessary by the IEP Team. The number of students identified as requiring special education programs and services varies from year to year but is generally around 12-14 % of our total school population.
- English as a Second Language - The English Language Learner (ELL) program provides English as a Second Language (ESL) services to students who come from language backgrounds other than English. Our goal is to teach students to understand, speak, read, write and spell the English language fluently. Crestwood has eighteen ESL certified teachers and eight bilingual tutors who provide non-English and limited English speaking students with the opportunity to learn the English language while receiving instruction in the core subject areas. The students are taught in English by the ESL certified staff and with the use of SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol)-trained general education staff. About 22-25% of our total school population receives services from our ESL staff. Services are provided to students who have English skills at the entering, emerging, developing, expanding, bridging and monitoring levels.
- Homeless Assistance - The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 2002 requires that each state educational agency shall ensure that each child of a homeless individual and each homeless youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as provided to other children and youth. At Crestwood the Director of Special Services is the contact person for all homeless students who may require services. The Director of Special Services is also known as the Homeless Liaison. Crestwood belongs to the Wayne County Homeless Consortium and uses their referral process to assist students and families.
Parents or guardians who would like more information about special services for their children are encouraged to call the Department of Special Services at 313-278-0906.
Social Workers and Guidance Counselors are available at each Crestwood School.
Elementary School Psychologist: Amanda Coffman
Secondary School Psychologist: Tamar Avakian
Crestwood High School: Ryan Aboulhosn
Riverside Middle School: Jessica Hemmings
Highview Elementary School: Anna Klein
Hillcrest Elementary School: Andrea Thomas
Kinloch Elementary School: Amanda Coffman
Mrs. Farrington, 313-278-3358
Trauma and Loss
National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children - Resources for Parents - A place for parents to learn how to help their children, and how they can apply treatment to their child’s life.