Student Support » FAQs


Q: What does the Student Support Team encompass?
A: The Student Support Team focuses on Special Edication, Section 504, Colorado READ Act plans, English Language Learners, Gifted & Talented, Mental Health support, and our Intervention specialists. 
Q: Does Aspen View Academy provide services for students on Individual Education Plans (IEP)? 504 Plans? Read Plan?
A: Yes! We service students on both IEPs and 504 plans. Our students on IEPs fall within the mild to moderate category and include students with Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Other Health Impairments, and Speech and Language Impairments, to name just a few. We work with a diverse population of learners with a variety of different needs.

We also service students on 504 plans within the general education setting. The Student Support Team evaluates eligibility and needs for a 504, write 504 plans, and monitor progress of 504 students. 

Students who are on a READ plan receive intervention support through our team of Intervention Specialists. This incorporates time each day for students to receive intervention instruction specific to their reading challenges.
What we don't have…Aspen View Academy does not have center-based programs for significant needs special education students (SSN), similar to many neighborhood schools. Those services are available within Douglas County School District in order to provide a Free and Appropriate Public Education to all students but are located in specific schools. 

Q: What is the difference between a 504 and an IEP?
A: An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a plan set up to support each student who has been identified with a disability and requires specialized instruction. Their disability must impact them significantly within the classroom in which they require supports. An IEP can include both in class and out of class supports based on the individual needs of each student. Related service areas can include Speech and Language, Occupational Therapy, and Social/Emotional services and are based on each student's individual needs, goals, and eligibility. Students on IEPs also may receive accommodations in and outside of the general education setting as appropriate. IEPs are a collaboration between general education teachers, families, and the Student Support Services team.

A 504 is a plan set up to support students with a medical diagnosis that shows an educational impact within the classroom setting. We support students in the general education classroom through effectively implemented accommodations that match their needs. 504s are a collaboration between General Education Teachers, Families, and the Student Support Services Team.

Q: What is MTSS and why is it required before evaluations?
A: Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The MTSS process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. These services may be provided by a variety of personnel, including general education teachers, special educators, and specialists. Progress is closely monitored to assess both the learning rate and level of performance of individual students. Educational decisions about the intensity and duration of interventions are based on individual student response to instruction. MTSS is defined as a prevention- based framework of team-driven data-based problem solving for improving the outcomes of every student through family, school, and community partnering and a layered continuum of evidence-based practices applied at the classroom, school, district, region, and state level. (Colorado Department of Education, 2021).

Q: Who is my first point of contact if I have concerns for my child?
A: The first point of contact if a family has concerns for their child is always the classroom teacher.