Our district strives to offer families the resources they need to help their children become successful lifelong learners. Parents/guardians who are aware of the variety of academic and special services available to them will be better able to make informed decisions about their child’s educational path.
Project Find is Michigan’s response to the “Child Find” requirements of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It is governed by IDEA regulations and Michigan’s special education rules. Project Find looks for children and youth from birth to 25 years of age who have physical, social, emotional, speech and language or cognitive impairments that may affect their educational performance. These conditions may make them eligible for special education services provided by the school district. Project Find provides information to families about special education programs and services. For more information, call 248.203.5818. In Oakland County a program called Early On takes the lead for all children birth to three who may be experiencing any type of developmental delay. Early On in Oakland County has one phone number for the entire county. The phone number is 248.209.2084.
Special Education provides specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique educational needs of students who have a disability in one of the areas of disability described in the Michigan Administrative Rules for Special Education. Programs and services include classroom instruction, adaptive equipment, materials, consultation and ancillary support designed to help students reach their identified educational goals. Birmingham Public Schools offers a full continuum of services to special education students. Special education services are available at all of the district’s schools. Eligibility, placement and program decisions are made by special education multidisciplinary teams that include the parents/guardians. To find out if your child might be eligible for these services, talk with his/her classroom teacher or the principal. Learn more about the BPS Specialized Instruction and Student Services
One of the district’s academic support systems is the Reading Support Program. Every effort is made to identify struggling readers as early as possible. From kindergarten through middle school, student reading performance is assessed and those performing one year or more behind grade level are offered small group instruction. The Reading Recovery Program™ provides specialized instruction to identified first graders. Reading Specialists have extensive specialized training in reading instruction.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
Students needing Level 1 or 2 ESL services will be able to attend a school that offers an intensive language program for English Language Learners (ELL). English Language Learners who have a working use of the English language can receive Level 3 and 4 at the school they attend. Learn more about the BPS ESL department
Adult ESL classes are offered through Birmingham Community Education. For more information, visit www.communityed.net
Adult Enrichment > Languages – ESL or call 248.203.3800.
BPS students in grades K-12 are invited to Saturday School, held most Saturdays throughout the school year at Berkshire Middle School. Students can bring their homework or class work and they’ll be paired up with a tutor. A $2 donation for snacks and supplies is suggested. For Saturday School closings and announcements, text @satschool to 989.312/3673. For general information about Saturday School, visit www.bpssaturday.weebly.com