Special Services

Special Services
Joplin High School offers a number of special services and programs to assist students identified with special needs.


The Special Services Department consists of twenty-three instructors. Classes offered include a varied schedule of our curriculum to assist our students with special needs. Special Services instructors are committed to providing a supportive environment for students with special needs.

Instruction may occur in these settings:

Class-Within-A-Class: the regular teacher and a special education teacher team-teach the regular curriculum. Both teachers work with the entire class to enhance the learning styles of all students.

Resource (Pull-Out) or Monitor: the student may spend most of their day in the regular classroom and also receive other needed services from a special education teacher or therapist outside the regular classroom.

Self-Contained: the student spends the majority of their school day with a special education teacher.

Services and instruction offered may include:

Assessment for Psychological and Educational Needs

Educational or Behavioral Programming

Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy

Assistance for the Hearing or Visually Impaired

Community-Based Education provides students the opportunity to enhance their skills in actual settings within the community. This may be in a social or recreational situation, or work setting.

Vocational Education assists students in awareness, exploration, and preparation for work and careers. Training sites, vocational evaluations and assessments, referral to Vocational Rehabilitation, and work experience may be utilized.

Homebound Services are available for any student unable to attend a regular school day due to a medical problem. A physician's statement is needed for referral.

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