PGCPS provides specially designed instruction for students with significant cognitive disabilities who require specialized instruction based on alternate academic achievement standards and assessments. Within PGCPS, students with significant cognitive disabilities are educated in the Least Restrictive Environment, which may be a Community Referenced Instruction (CRI) Program. Programs are located in a variety of comprehensive schools.
Students participate in all core academic subjects ( English/Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science)and functional life skills that are embedded during their school day. Students participate in community based instruction both in their school building and in the community based on their specific needs. Teachers utilize an alternate curriculum framework aligned with essential elements that are linked to the Maryland College and Career-Ready Standards for the student's grade. Students ages 18-21 participate in the Transition to Independence, Employment, and Success (TIES) curriculum with embedded job training inside/outside of their school building.