Special Education Program

The special education program at Back Creek Christian Academy serves students with mild, moderate, and significant disabilities.  Students with disabilities receive the majority of their services and supports within the context of general education classrooms.  Children with autism spectrum disorders are taught using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). ABA is a research-based method proven successful in treating children with language delays, communication disorders, and other developmental disabilities.

Each student in our program has a varying number of meaningful goals in the domains of communication, social interaction, academics, behavior, and independent functioning. The goals are chosen with input from the special education teacher, general education teacher, and parents. Each goal is run in a variety of settings, including individual, group, and inclusive settings. Data is collected on goals, and we work as a team to monitor progress.

Three levels of services are offered in the Back Creek Exceptional Student Education program.  Placement is decided upon by the IEP team (special education teacher, general education teacher(s), parents, and student).


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Tier 1 

Students at the Tier 1 level are on usually on grade level or slightly below grade level and need instructional support to progress, which requires collaboration between the special education teacher and general education teacher. Accommodations are provided through differentiated assessment where students can show their skills in various ways. These students need specialized instruction or behavioral approaches to be successful, but do not require an additional paraprofessional support at all times. Parents receive  progress reports for IEP goals on a quarterly basis. 


Tier 2

Students at the Tier 2 level are performing at least 1-2 grade levels below and/or have behavioral difficulties that require additional support beyond the classroom management plan. For these students, ongoing planning and collaboration is needed, often requiring an additional paraprofessional support. Curriculum content may be modified as appropriate to teach the same concepts that the general education class is learning, but through differentiated instruction and evidence-based practices. Parents receive progress reports for IEP goals on a monthly basis. 



Tier 3

Students at the Tier 3 level are typically significantly below grade level in one or more academic and/or behavioral areas, which requires individualized instruction and/or behavioral approaches throughout the school day. Students at this tier level need carefully planned lesson development and specific techniques to deliver instruction within the context of the general education classroom. The content is related to the general education classroom curriculum but may also focus on instruction for independent functioning, social and communication skills.





    • Current Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or special educational program plan
    • Recent testing (including a psychological evaluation done in last three years)
    • Progress reports on current special education goals



  • Step 3: Schedule a Monday tour, other times may be available upon request. Receive ESE assessment forms to complete.



  • Step 4: Contact current school for ESE Director to come out for an observation of your child in his/her current educational setting.



  • Step 5: Meet with ESE Director to discuss Tier Level decided based on collected information and complete online enrollment  to ensure an opening in our program.

Elizabeth Reyes

Elizabeth Reyes is the Director of the Exceptional Student Education Program at Back Creek Christian Academy. Her background is a balance of advocacy and education. She was an advocate for individuals with differing abilities and their families long before she was an educator. Advocacy is always close to her heart and seen in her work with families and students in the community as well as her work in schools. Elizabeth began her career teaching for years in several different public school systems before finding a new calling in private, Christian Education as a program director. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Special Education at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she has already earned her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. Elizabeth is also a wife and mother of a toddler, and resides in South Carolina just over the border. Here at Back Creek Christian Academy, her passion and purpose are aligned in her work in doing what is best for children with special needs.


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