GPISD has five specialized programs that are designed to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities from 3-21 years of age that demonstrate a need for specially designed, individualized instruction to access the general curriculum.
- Children with Autism and Related Exceptionabilities (CARE)
- Daily Living Skills (DLS)
- Functional Skills (FS)
- Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
- Social Emotional Achievement (SEA)
Specialized programs are located on age-appropriate campuses throughout the district and offer a smaller student-to-teacher ratio to ensure a healthy and safe environment and to allow for small group and individualized instruction.
Instructional components vary by program; however, each program may include but are not limited to the following elements: Individualized Academic Instruction, Functional Academics (i.e. time, money, navigating the environment); Augmentative or Alternative Communication; Positive Behavioral Programming; Emotional Regulation Skills; Coping Skills; Self Help/Personal Care; Adaptive/Functional Skills that promote independence; Leisure/Play Skills; Independent/Selfmanagement Skills; Social Skills; Community-Based Instruction (available for middle school and high school students to prepare them for transition from school to post-school opportunities and living); Vocational Training/Preparation for post-school transition.
- Education Center