The IEP document, developed through a partnership between school and home is driven by a student’s present level of performance and indicates the point at which to develop goals that will lead to academic and social success. A student will have an IEP as long as they are receiving special education services. Your child has the right to go to school and the right to have a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
Children with Down syndrome are just like typical kids. A good education will be key to their growing up to having meaningful lives. Parents should be clear on their children’s educational goals, knowledgeable about their rights, and active in pursuing a positive partnership with schools to make those goals happen.
How We Help
Gold Coast offers Education Programs for children ages 3 through high school. We help parents set high expectations for their children and give them the tools to turn those expectations into realities.
Best Start– a free Weekly Program for parents, infants and toddlers that begins the process of developing high expectations
Learning Program-a nine month Parent and Child Workshop that spans from pre-k through high school. Topics include building literacy, math, and independent life skills, transitioning to adulthood, understanding legal rights, creating an effective IEP and more.
Educational Advocacy– Individual Family Support which provides education and assistance to parents on IEPs and school placements. An advocate will attend meetings and/or give guidance at no cost.
Exceptional Educators Program-a Free Teacher Training on how children with Down syndrome learn
Smart Start- a Free Workshop on Transitioning to Pre-K
School Rules! – a Free Workshop on Transitioning to Kindergarten
General Education Information
Transition Out of School