Learning Essentials (LE) Program

  • Learning Essentials (LE) Program

    The Gresham-Barlow School District will offer multiple LE Programs for students in grades K-12, located in various schools throughout the district. Only students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) are eligible to receive services through this specialized program. The selection of a specific program sites are determined by the Student Support Services Department and is based on student need, class size and the location of a program in relation to the children’s neighborhood school.



    The goal of the LE Program is to assist students who have specific educational challenges to reach their fullest potential. These programs are considered  “self-contained”, yet focus on increasing student’s successful  inclusion into general education settings on an individualized basis. The LE program is designed to support the unique needs of students who have learning, cognitive and communication delays. These programs maintain a high staff-to-student ratio. The highly trained staff are dedicated to providing a safe and positive learning environment.

    This program is highly structured and focused on meeting each student’s individual needs through specially designed instruction in the following areas:

    • Academic Achievement
    • Positive Behaviors
    • Communication/Language Development
    • Social Skills/Socialization
    • Daily Living Skills/Development of Life Skills
    • Motor Skills 



    The instructional elements used in the LE Program are direct instruction, visual communication, positive supports and a structured environment. These best practice methods are research based and are proven methods that accelerate the academic success and self esteem of special needs students.



    Students enrolled in a LE Program receive instruction at their individual level. This is accomplished by providing  large and small group instruction in the core academic areas, pre-teaching key concepts and providing accommodations and modifications as needed. Skills are developed with individualized levels of adult support through the following strategies:

    • Visual systems for work completion and communication
    • Functional routines
    • Social skills development and routines
    • Reduced class size with lower student-to-staff ratio
    • Adapted motor skill development
    • Academic development
    • Individualized instructional pace
    • Behavioral, social skill and executive functioning instruction imbedded within the curriculum
    • Medical care
    • Vocational skills


    Levels of Support

    In order to meet the individualized needs of students, the District will offer two levels of LE Programs. The IEP team will determine the level of support needed based on the intensity of student need.


    LEVEL 1:  Learning Essentials 1 (LE1) PROGRAM

    The LE1 Program  will support students who have a  need for modified academics and targeted life skills instruction with moderate adult support that is beyond what can be provided in a resource or general education classroom alone.


    LEVEL 2:  Learning Essentials 2 (LE2) PROGRAM

    In addition to the support listed in Level 1, instruction in the LE2 program will focus on functional academics based on essentialization of standards and will include significant life skills instruction with high levels of adult support.