Sunset Ridge Student Services

Learning Resource Support

Learning Resource support services are provided to students that demonstrate unique educational programming needs. Therefore, these services are NOT necessarily contingent upon eligibility under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).

At Sunset Ridge School, six full-time certified special education teachers, with support of a number of teaching associates and in collaboration with our general education staff, provide assessment,remedial instruction, pre-teaching, direct instruction, co-teaching,curriculum modification, curricular/instructional differentiation support, emotional/behavioral support, and case management services. Every effort is made to provide our special education resource services in the general education classroom (Least Restrictive Environment). For more information about Special Education at Sunset Ridge School, please contact Emily Dunham, Director of Student Services or any of the grade-level Student Services (Special Education) Teachers, to the right.

Extended Resource Program

When a student's disability requires modifications and supports beyond what can be reasonably provided in a general education classroom environment, Sunset Ridge also offers services/supports through an Extended Resource Program. In this instructional environment, students participate in an individually tailored instructional program which is significantly modified from that which is available in the general education classroom. The Extended Resource Program is staffed with a full-time Certified Special Education teacher and a Special Education Teaching Assistant.

For more information regarding Extended Resource services at Sunset Ridge School, please contact:

Rebecca Feldman, Extended Resource Program Teacher.

Mental Health Services

Social, emotional, and behavioral supports are available to students demonstrating needs in these areas. Services include assessment,counseling, direct instruction, resource linkages, and case management.

For more information regarding mental health services at Sunset Ridge School, please contact:

Speech & Language Pathology

District 29 provides services for student with speech and or language impairments. Services include individual and small group speech therapy, inclusion supports, and case management services.

For more information regarding speech & language services at Sunset Ridge School, please contact:
Brittany Borucki, Speech Pathologist

Special Education Services for Parentally Placed Students In Private School Settings
As required by Federal Law, District 29 provides special education evaluation services for students that are either home-schooled or parentally placed in a private school within the boundary of District 29. If you have a child that is home-schooled or parentally placed in a private school within our boundary, and suspect that he/she may have a disability, you should contact Emily Dunham, Director of Student Services @ 847-881-9453 or dunhame@sunsetridge29.org

Response to Intervention

The ISBE now requires that any student suspected of having a Learning Disability must be determined eligible for services through a Response to Intervention (RtI) assessment framework.

RtI consists of three essential components: providing high quality, research-based instruction/intervention matched to student needs, using data regarding learning rate over time and level of performance, and making educational decisions based upon student’s response to instruction/intervention. Sunset Ridge utilizes an RtI approach to evaluating the needs and special education eligibility that includes a series of progressively more intensive intervention and progress monitoring systems designed to match student needs to appropriate services.

For general information about Response to Intervention and special education, click the following links:

Special Education Eligibility and Criteria within an RtI Framework:

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