Hoover Meredith Learning Diversity Policy

The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) recognizes that learners come from a variety of cultures, and backgrounds, and have a range of academic, physical and other needs. There are many learners who may have a recognized, special educational need: other learners may have special needs that have not yet been diagnosed.
Examples of these special education needs (SEN) include:
– Specific learning disabilities
– Language and communication disorders
– Emotional and behavioral difficulties
– Physical difficulties that affect mobility
– Visual or hearing difficulties
– Medical conditions
– Mental health conditions
– Gifted and talented learners
– English Language Learners

It is the philosophy of both IB and the Des Moines Public Schools that every child can learn and should be provided with creative, thinking and learning skills that will help them to progress to be successful adults. Hoover High School and Meredith Middle School follow all national, state, and local laws and policies. Our schools welcome diversity and the opportunity to learn with (and from) each other. Our schools seek to better our students, staff, and our local and global communities by becoming socially responsible and respectful citizens.

Hoover High School and Meredith Middle School provide the continuum of services as determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) of learners attending our schools. Both schools have teachers highly-qualified to teach in all areas of special needs in our buildings. The special education consultants assigned to each building work with the teachers, IEP teams, parents, and district level supervisors to determine needs of delivery and services. Teachers of learners with special education needs attend the same IB MYP professional development as their general education peers so they are able to support or deliver the MYP.

MYP is delivered to all learners enrolled in MYP grades 6-10. Special education services are individualized to meet the unique needs of learners. Special education services may include:
– Individual instruction
– Small-group instruction
– Special class instruction
– Accommodations for the learners
– Modifications in curriculum, instruction, and/or environment
– Co-teaching with general education and special education teachers
– Differentiation in content, process and/or product

Des Moines Public Schools has a system in place to assess all levels of special educational needs learners. These are district-level specialists who work with learners as needed:
– School psychologists
– Specialty area teachers (deaf and hard of hearing, visual impairment, etc.)
– Therapists (physical, mobility, speech, etc.)
– Counselors
– Special Education Consultants
– Gifted and Talented Specialists
– Special Education Supervisors
– Director of Special Services
– English Language Learner Specialists

For a complete copy of our Learning Diversity Policy, please contact Holly Meagher, IB Coordinator.