Guthridge School offers support programs for students who need extra 

Information about student support courses and programs available to students is listed below. Please select the links to learn more.

Title One
Title I serves as a means for helping all students to achieve challenging academic standards. To accomplish this objective, Title I forms partnerships, particularly home-school partnerships; to help address more completely the full range of student needs that impact on their learning.

Intervention Groups
Title interventionists provide support for students on the multi-tiered system of support for approximately 30 minutes per day for Reading and Math.
Special Education Services - Click here to learn moreSpecial education services in Parsons schools are provided by the Tri-County Special Education Cooperative and the Southeast Kansas Education Service Center. Special education services provide remediation and differentiated instruction for students who have difficulty with reading, writing, mathematics, and/or social skills, so that students can access and progress within the general education curriculum.
Academic Improvement Room (A.I.R.)
Students in fourth and fifth grade who do not complete their assigned homework will be required to report to A.I.R. (Academic Improvement Room). A.I.R. is from 3:30 until 4:30 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. If a student fails to report to A.I.R. they may be given a 1/2 day in-school suspension the following day. Parents will always be notified before a student is kept after school for A.I.R

Student TestingThe purpose of the testing program in the Parsons school system is to assist the teachers in gaining added knowledge about their pupils, assist the administration in the development of curriculum, assist the pupil in identifying strengths and weaknesses, and assist the parents in understanding the academic development of their children. The Kansas State Assessment Programs, and other local assessments as school improvement plans dictate are administered throughout the year. The Kansas Report Card is a collection of data compiled annually to provide information not only on a statewide basis but also by district and by building. By providing information on school performance, the Kansas State Department of Education supports both school improvement and accountability at the state, district, and building level for educational progress. To access the building report cards select: Kansas Report Card.
Extended Learning Program (ELP)
Guthridge School provides an Extended Learning Program through the USD 503 Gifted Education Program for students who have been identified as eligible for gifted services. A student must be found eligible to participate in the gifted education program. Once a student is identified as having the characteristics of giftedness and displays needs that can't be met in the regular education classroom, an individualized program may be developed.

The Extended Learning Program is for qualifying students identified as gifted. These services are provided through Tri-County Special Education Coop because in Kansas, Extended Learning is part of Special Education and follows those procedures. The program offers ELP students an opportunity to become independent learners who recognize their potential and responsibilities. This program provides individual and group experiences based on the student’s interests and skills.

The Extended Learning Program will provide a rich array of gifted education services and opportunities for students identified as gifted by meeting the following objectives.

  • provide for the cognitive and academic development through challenging learning experiences;
  • provide opportunities for students to pursue individual interests and develop talents;
  • provide support for the social and emotional needs of gifted students.

Kansas State statute and regulations require Special Education services be provided through the development and implementation of individualized education programs (IEP’s) for eligible students identified as meeting the definition of gifted and because of their giftedness, need specialized instruction to ensure access and progress within the general education curriculum.

Kansas State Definition of Giftedness:
JAR 91-40-1 (cc): Gifted means performing and demonstrating the potential for performing at significantly higher levels of accomplishment in one or more academic fields due to intellectual ability, when compared to others of similar age, experience, or environment.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides for the remediation, restoration, or compensation for functions lost through illness or injury. Occupational therapists frequently work with students who have difficulty with fine motor skills and/or developmental delays that interfere with their learning process. Occupational therapists may adapt or modify materials or equipment to give a student increased independence. Occupational therapy also works to prevent initial or additional deformity or disability through early intervention and programming; and the improvement of ability to perform tasks for independent functioning.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy provides for the assessment of children and youth whose physical handicap, motor deficit, and/or developmental delay interferes with the learning process and physical management of the school environment. The consultation and treatment of children which may include training of developmental motor skills, ambulation and gait training, postural awareness, use of wheelchair, orthoses, and other assistive devices necessary for functioning within the school environment.

Speech Therapy

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work with diagnostic and educational evaluation teams to provide comprehensive language and speech assessments for students. These services come after going through the SIT process and general education interventions. The student then must be referred for evaluation and qualify for services. Services to students with speech-language disorders may be provided in individual or small group sessions, in classrooms when teaming with teachers or in a consultative model with teachers and parents. SLPs integrate students' speech-language goals with academic outcomes and functional performance.