MASSA strives to include every person with disabilities in the general education under the inclusion model. This is facilitated through direct services, consultation, and support offered by a Special Education Teacher.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was last reauthorized in 2004. The law is known as IDEA 2004. IDEA 2004 states all individuals with disabilities from birth through 21 years of age are to receive a free and appropriate education (FAPE). This education must occur in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and provide supplementary aids and supports when necessary. Curricular adaptations, which include both accommodations and modifications, are changes in the educational environment that allows the student equal opportunity to obtain the same result, to gain the same benefit, or to reach the same level of achievement as their non-disabled peers. School districts, including charter schools, are responsible for identifying and providing special education services to students from 5 to 21 years of age. MASSA provides support to students with disabilities and educates them as much as possible in the same physical environment as their non-disabled peers.
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For students qualified by AZELLA as English Language Learners, MASSA provides English Language Development program in compliance with Arizona State requirements. These students have four hours of English Language Development instructions per day every day. All information is sent home to families of English Language Learners.