The Resource Specialist Program (RSP) is a program to help children who qualify for special education services. The program is designed to give support to children with learning disabilities and give them strategies to help them be successful in their education. The RSP program offers small group instruction to meet the needs of each child’s individual education plan (IEP). Children are given instruction in the least restrictive environment.
Los Alamitos has a very strong RSP program, which follows the classroom curriculum and grade level expectations. The RSP teacher meets and plans with classroom teachers to ensure that the children in RSP are being taught the skills required at their grade level. There is constant communication between the classroom teacher, RSP teacher, and the parents to ensure learning. If a child is having problems at school, whether in the general education classroom, on the playground, or in the RSP class, teachers and parents work together so that the problem is quickly identified and resolved in order for the child to achieve maximum social, emotional, and academic success.
Students in RSP are encouraged to work their hardest to reach and perform at their potential. Many students receiving RSP support during their elementary school years go onto middle school and are able to be mainstreamed or continue with support, as needed. The goal of RSP and of the Special Education program are to provide learning support needed so that children can achieve grade level standards and overcome their disabilities so that they can perform in future years without those services.