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What is a Special Day Class?

A special day class is an intensive educational program designed for children with special needs. A child may be eligible for this program if he or she suffers from severe cognitive or emotional disorders and learning disabilities. These problems must be severe enough so as to cause a child difficulty in performing in a general education setting or in alternative less-intensive special education programs.

A special day class normally consists of a small number of students. It is held in a structured setting where students receive their core curriculum from a special education teacher but have the opportunity if deemed appropriate by the IEP team to mainstream to general education classrooms with support as well. The room is staffed with at least one teacher who is trained in special education as well as assistants who help to provide the children with individualized instruction.