Beacon is an educational service provider for five local school districts in Athens County. Students are referred to Beacon School by their local school districts’ which completes the Evaluation Team Report documenting the child’s disability/challenges and identifies that the ACBDD can provide specialized educational services in the least restrictive environment for the child. The child’s local school district completes the Evaluation Team Report prior to their enrollment at Beacon School with re-evaluation every three years. Individualized Education Plans (IEP) are written annually by an Interdisciplinary Team of Professional, based on the child’s present levels of performance. The parents provide their vision for the child’s future which assists the team in their goal planning for the child.
Students School age programming is tailored to meet the needs of students age 6-21. The focus is on building skills needed in the present and future in the areas of functional academics, prevocational, socialization, daily living skills, adaptive physical education, fine/gross motor, and recreation/leisure. Beginning at age 14, an Individualized Transition Plan is developed to assist the individual in learning skills s/he will need to live, work, and recreate in their communities after graduation.