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Student Support Services

If a student is experiencing difficulty with class work, behavior, or attendance, the teacher or an administrator may refer the child for an Intervention Team Meeting (ITM).  The ITM team consists of the parent or guardian, the classroom teacher, a school administrator, and/or other invited participants.  The purpose of the team is to discuss current performance levels and come up with an intervention plan to implement at school and at home.  After the initial ITM meeting, a follow-up meeting is scheduled approximately 6-8 weeks later in order to evaluate the progress of the student using the suggested interventions.

Support Services

Resource Specialist Program (RSP): The Resource Specialist provides instructional support to those students identified with a learning disability and academic discrepancy as noted on the Individualized Education Plan (IEP).


Speech & Language Services: Speech and language services are available from the Speech therapist for those students who have been identified through the IEP process as needing special assistance in speech articulation and language development.


English Language Development: Your child may be identified as an English Language Learner based on the results of your Home Language Survey and the results of the California English Language Development Test, known as the CELDT.  Students identified as English Learners receive 30 minutes a day of English Language Development instruction in order to develop proficiency in Academic English.  Primary language support is provided by bilingual instructional assistants and teachers in SEI classrooms.


Parents of English Learners are encouraged to participate on our schools English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC).  This council receives training on how to best assist EL students, helps to monitor progress of all EL students at Dollahan, makes recommendations to the administration for improving EL achievement, and participates in district level EL programs and meetings.


Gifted and Talented Education (GATE): The GATE program is designed to meet the individual academic needs of the GATE identified students by expanding the depth and complexity of the core program.  All students in 2nd grade are given a test to identify potential giftedness.  Students in grades 3 through 5 may be recommended for GATE testing by either their parent or teacher.  Students can only be tested once every 24 months.  Parent permission is required to test any child for GATE identification.