Special Programming


All students are viewed as capable of succeeding. Seven Hills provides the necessary supportive environments to foster student success.

These supports come in several forms. We seek to challenge each student through their individual abilities and, in line with our vision, we are dedicated to bringing each child up to and beyond (when possible) grade level. With our simultaneous attention to programming and student needs, we provide temporary learning interventions, remediation, enrichment courses, special education, and address gifted and talented needs.

Interventions (Elementary School)

If students are struggling academically, they are promptly identified for remedial support services by a variety of data and assessments. Data is analyzed from the MCAs, Interim Assessments, QRIs, Reading benchmark assessments, and Singapore or other math pre-tests. Students are assessed quarterly on the interim assessments, and placed in groups for specialized assistance for targeted instruction that are reviewed regularly. As these are fluid and flexible groupings, remedial support shifts throughout the year. Strategies for student assistance include, but are not limited to, grouping students through regular assessments, providing layered support in reading and math with added instruction time to support those students in remediation, communicating goals and progress to parents, and assignments for skills practice.

Students needing extra support in Math are assisted by our Math Specialists, who provide small group instruction to students of similar abilities.

For Literacy issues, we have a Tier, 1, 2, and 3 system. Tier 1 students have minor struggles and they are often quickly returned to the regular classroom. Tier 2 students are assisted in a small group instruction environment by Literacy Specialist. Tier 3 is for the more challenged student, and the instruction with a Literacy Specialist is a 1:1 basis.

English Language Learning is managed by ESL specialists (see below).

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Special Education Services

The Special Education department implements programs that assist all students who are eligible for services according to Minnesota eligibility criteria. According to Minnesota statutes, a child with a disability means a child identified under federal and state special education law as having a hearing impairment, blindness, visual disability, speech or language impairment, physical disability, other health impairment, mental disability, emotional/behavioral disorder, specific learning disability, autism, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, a deaf or blind disability who needs special education and related services. Once a child has been evaluated and identified as meeting these criteria, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is created based on the student’s individual learning needs. The IEP team works collaboratively throughout the school year to ensure the student is making adequately yearly progress. This team meets regularly to update the student’s learning goals and objectives.

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English Language Learners

SPHA supports students for whom English is not their first language. These supports assist them to be successful with our programming and academic model. Our English language learners are native speakers of more than 50 languages or dialects, including Hmong, Somali, Spanish, Polish, Indian dialects, Vietnamese, and Russian.

School-specific programming can be found on the respective Elementary and Middle School Curriculum pages.

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