Special Programs

Carmel Clay Schools understands that all students are unique and some students have different learning styles. Therefore, there are special programs available. Please click the links below to learn more. 

English as a New Language

The Carmel Clay Schools English as a New Language (ENL) program is committed to educational excellence and continuous achievement for all English language learners. 

The ENL program at Carmel Clay Schools serves over 500 students. We have over 65 languages represented among our student body from over 55 countries across the globe.

The goal of the ENL program is to raise the English proficiency of all students of Limited English Proficiency (LEP) to that of native English speakers at their respective grade levels. Once a student becomes fluent in both basic communication skills as well as academic language, the student is exited from the program. 

Carmel Clay Schools employs certified teachers, as well as instructional assistants, to provide direct ENL instructional services as well as support in the general education classroom to students in the program. Carmel Clay Schools also employs K-12 instructional coaches who work in collaboration with other school faculty and staff members to develop appropriate instructional experiences to enable ENL students to attain their full potential.

High Ability

In keeping with the mission of Carmel Clay Schools to effectively meet the educational needs of all students, rigorous programs are provided for high ability students whose general intellect and academic achievement are significantly beyond their peers.  These programs provide differentiated curriculum and instructional strategies especially designed to help high ability learners meet their individual potential.

Learn More About High Ability

Special Education

Carmel Clay Schools provides services for students with disabilities, ages 3 through 21. Students are determined eligible for special education through a multidisciplinary evaluation coordinated by a school psychologist.

Working closely with families, teachers and administration, the district is committed to educating the student in the least restrictive environment. The majority of students attend their neighborhood schools and to the maximum extent appropriate, unless their Individual Education Plan (IEP) requires some other arrangements, is educated with their non-disabled peers.

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Title I

What Is Title I?

Title I is the largest federal grant program used to ensure that all children have a fair and equal opportunity to obtain a high quality education. Title I is a part of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act that was passed in 1965.  This grant provides extra academic support and learning opportunities for children who are most at-risk of failing state and local standards.   

How Does Title I Help My School? 

Title I funds are supplemental funds that provide additional instruction time and resources for students what are not meeting grade-level academic benchmarks.  Title I funds may also be used for professional development, teacher training, and parental involvement activities. 

Which Students receive Title I Services? 

Services to children are based on the academic needs of individual children, not on the socioeconomic level of a child or his/her family. 
These students may be served: 
  • Migrant children
  • Children with limited English proficiency
  • Children who are homeless
  • Children with disabilities
  • Any child who is in academic need

What Role Do Parents Play? 

Parental involvement is an important component of Title I. Parents are needed for: 
  • Planning
  • Policy
  • Participation
  • Partnering
  • Program Evaluation

What About Accountability?

Title I requires states to develop standards and assessments that will challenge students served by Title I programs to perform to high levels. Research suggests that high standards, when coupled with valid and reliable assessments and aligned support, can exert a powerful influence over what children are taught and how much they learn.