Noblesville Schools' Special Education Programs

  •  Early Childhood
    The Noblesville Schools’ Early Childhood Program provides learning experiences to children ages three (3) to five (5) years old.  The Early Childhood Program aligns with the district's mission and vision to provide every student the opportunity to develop skills, habits and attitudes necessary for success in career and life.  Students that have learning challenges are provided a nurturing learner-centered environment where they are actively engaged in developing age-appropriate skills, fostering communication, critical thinking, problem solving, social skills and digital citizenship.  The Early Childhood program is the first step in preparing our students for the world of college/career endeavors.  To learn more visit our page on the department's website: Early Childhood
    service that is provided in collaboration with Hamilton-Boone-Madison Special Services is the Early Childhood Assessment Team (ECAT).  The team provides educational evaluations that are administered to measure students age appropriateness in the areas of academics, behavior, social skills and physical skills.  If you have a student with a suspected learning challenge please contact the Early Childhood Assessment Team at (317) 984-1653.  If your child  is under the age of three (3), or will not be turning three in the coming six (6) months, please contact First Steps at (317)257-2229. For more information ECAT

    Academic Inclusion (Learning Disabilities/Mild Cognitive Disabilities)

    The Special Education Department works to make sure all students have the opportunity to achieve their individual goals.  We believe that this can only be achieved by providing each student with the level of support required.  The level of support is based on their individual needs as determined by an Interdisciplinary Team that includes parents, teachers, therapists and administrators.  The case conference committee is a meeting in which the Interdisciplinary Team gathers information and makes educational decisions based on the needs of each individual student.  The results of the teams work is an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  

    After the IEP is created the support services team implements the current IEP to provide individual levels of support to students, based on the needs outlined in the student's IEP.  Services and supports are provided through a variety of methods:  accommodations, modifications, co-teaching, staff support in the general education environment, small group work outside of the general education environment, and in individual cases one-on-one instruction.  The goal is always to provide services that will allow the student to be challenged, and perform at an independent level, while learning to advocate for his/her individual needs.

    Adaptive Education-Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, ED

    Noblesville Schools’ adaptive educational program supports students who exhibit social, emotional or behavioral functioning that adversely affects their success in school.  Success in school is measured through each student's academic progress, social relationships, individual classroom management, self-care and vocational skills.  The core of the Adaptive Education program involves Milti-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) in the general school environment.  MTSS involves the entire school/community.  MTSS correlates with the theme that it takes a village to raise a child.  For more information on MTSS

    When students are not able to maintain social relationships due to medical or environmental concerns there are programs in place that provide structure and stability for students in all school environments.  The level of support provided is determined by individual needs and agreed upon by the case conference committee.  Noblesville Schools also collaborates with outside agencies to provide intense therapeutic services at locations inside and outside of the school district based on individual student needs.
    The Special Education Department provides a Behavior Assistance Team (BAT) that collaborates with families and staff members to provide supports for students, staff, and parents via consulting, direct observation, staff coaching, Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), Behavior Intervention Planning (BIP), intervention implementation and program development. The mission of the Noblesville Schools' Adaptive Education program is to provide students with the independent coping and self-advocacy skills that will allow them to have success in the their college/career endeavors beyond Noblesville Schools.



    Project Life

    Noblesville Schools’ Special Education Department provides services for students that need intense help to achieve the same goals as our general education students.  These students usually require help to access the functions of life that many of us access without the need for assistance.  Project Life is a program that focuses on developing students' functional academic, social, independent living and vocational skills.  These skills are required for these students to have opportunities to be responsible, independent, and productive contributors to society while improving each student's overall quality of life. Students in the Project Life program participate in a variety of activities to promote independence, self-advocacy, social, communication and vocational skills while participating in authentic opportunities to access the greater Noblesville community.  The opportunity to authentically participate in the community allows the Project Life program to develop contributing members of society.  Project Life is a curriculum with high school courses aligned to provide students with the opportunity to earn certification, employment, and a level of independent living and productivity in the community.  Project Life is also an Early Childhood thru eighth grade curriculum that gives students the prerequisite skills needed to function independently as a high school student.


    Project Life courses (below) provide a continuum of services to develop the functional lifeskills needed for success in the community:  

    Executive Functioning I (student independently conducts self in a reliable, responsible, accountable manner),
    Executive Functioning II (student evaluates opportunities and options to make decisions and take actions for the purpose of achieving personal goals and desired outcomes),
    Financial Literacy and Money Management (student manages valuable weekly finance),
    People Skills (student engages, interacts and gets along with other adults in a variety of situations),
    Career Preparation and Safety Techniques (student obtains and sustains employment),
    Recreation, Leisure and Safety (student obtains new experiences/building confidence and competencies),
    Navigation and Travel (students travel safely and effectively to a variety of chosen destinations),
    Digital Citizenship (student utilizes technology responsibility to access information and communicate socially and professionally).
    Project Work
    All students in the Project Life program will eventually participate in Project Work.  Project Work is a transitional skills internship program that teaches students to become as independent as possible in the authentic world of work.  Along with community partners (Riverview Health, Agape' Therapeutic Riding Center and Janus Developmental Services), Noblesville Schools provides opportunities for students to develop the interview, portfolio development and work skills needed to be successful.  Each student is provided an Individual Transition Plan (ITP) that is the guide to success in their college/career endeavors after Noblesville Schools.  To learn more Project Work