Special Education Department Program Information

 Special Education Department 

Kathleen Derillo, Supervisor
Kathleen.Derillo@sbschoools.org

Jessica DiPane, Supervisor
Jessica.DiPane@sbschools.org

Our Staff

The South Brunswick Special Education Department provides a full continuum of instructional programs for students who have been evaluated by the Child Study Team and based on a series of assessments, eligibility criteria and educational needs, qualify for special education. The SBHS Special Education Department is committed to meeting the social, emotional and educational needs of each student.  Furthermore, we strive to provide support and effective, ongoing communication between the school and family.  It is the belief of the SBSD Student Services department that students should be serviced in the Least Restrictive Environment with extensive opportunities for meaningful inclusion.    

Please see a sample of Special Education Programs described below.

Study Skills Program: The Study Skills program provides direct and indirect academic support to students. This program exposes students to instruction in a variety of learning and study strategies, as well as academic support. Through this course students also explore their own IEP, post high school options, assistive technology, and self advocacy skills.

Resource Center Support (Drop-in): This program offers flexible, drop-in academic support for students who are able to access and navigate a more independent support option. Students attend RCS during their Help and Access Period (HAP) to receive supplemental instruction, applied learning skills, study and organizational assistance from a special education teacher. Assistance with post high school planning is also available through this program.  The frequency and duration of attendance is determined by the CST and is flexible by design.  

Resource Center Instruction: Resource Center classes are instructed by a special education teacher using curriculum content and materials from the general education classroom. Instruction is provided in a small group environment while implementing techniques, strategies and modifications designed for individual student needs.  These course offerings are listed under the content area in the Program of Studies booklet and include:

- English I, English II, English III, and English IV - Pre-Algebra, Algebra IB, Basic Geometry, Applied Business Math,  - Physical & Earth Science, Biology, and Science Technology and Society - American Government, US History, Global Studies - Spanish I, II

In - Class Support: In-class support utilizes the expertise of the Special Education teacher and the general education teacher in the delivery of instruction to students through diverse co-teaching models.  This program is appropriate for students who are able to access the general education curriculum with accommodations, supplemental aids, and services and require specially designed instruction from a special education teacher.  

In-Class Resource Co-teaching utilizes the expertise of the Special Education teacher and the regular education teacher in the delivery of instruction to students through diverse co-teaching models.   In-class resource is appropriate for students who are able to access the general education curriculum and require specially designed instruction from a special education teacher.  The student requires modifications to the general education curriculum in delivery, scope, grading, and activities.  

Multisensory Reading: The multisensory reading approach directly and systematically teaches students how to fluently and accurately decode and encode in an interactive and multi sensory manner.  

Life Skills Program

The Life Skills program Is the umbrella term for our sLLD program, MD program, and AUT program.  This offering is available for students with developmental disabilities who require a highly structured and supervised learning environment.  Instruction is provided in all academic areas and focused on individual IEP goals and objectives.  A central focus of the Life Skills program is the development of functional communication, daily living, and vocational skills. Individualized academic instruction takes place in small groups, following principles of Applied Behavior Analysis when appropriate. Students learn vocational skills through classroom jobs, in-school and district work study, community job sampling, and community based instruction.

12+ Transition Program

The SBSD 12-Plus Transition Program will successfully transition students with disabilities from school to adult life by focusing on comprehensive transition planning, individualized learning, community based instruction, and self advocacy.


This program is appropriate for students ages 18-21 who have fulfilled their academic requirements as determined by the CST. Students will receive high quality transition services that include:

- Long range cooperative planning - Postsecondary goals - Interagency collaboration - Person-centered approaches - Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) - Structured learning experiences - Support for families and caretakers  - Local community partnerships