Early Childhood Special Education Preschool
Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Preschool is for Oakridge students ages 3-5 who have special needs. These needs may be speech, occupational therapy, physical therapy and more. Please contact the Easter Service Unit (ESU) at 231-865-4100 for more information.
Eastern Services Unit
The Eastern Service Unit is a Consortium comprised of Fruitport, Oakridge, Orchard View, and Ravenna. The Special Education Department provides leadership to meet the needs of students with disabilities, collaboration with each district to provide access to high quality programming and supports for students with disabilities. Administrative support occurs with the referral process and extends to diagnostics. Services available to eligible students include: psychological services, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech and language therapy. Programs for our youngest learners include infant / toddler home-based supports and early childhood special education preschool (ECSE). Programs for our school aged students include resource room, categorical and regional programs. Programs and services are determined by the individual needs of the student.
Director of Eastern Services Unit
Michigan made a bold statement by becoming a national leader in early childhood education. The $243 million investment in the Great Start Readiness Program held great promise as it was ushered in with support from the governor, legislature, education, business and philanthropic communities. The research was clear, invest early and reap the benefits of improved outcomes for kids.
For the West Michigan region, the promise held true as GSRP children – who are virtually all economically disadvantaged – outperformed their peers who may or may not have had an early childhood experience across the state by roughly 19 percent in reading and 16 percent in math. Furthermore, they outperformed all Michigan students, whom less than half qualify as economically disadvantaged, by roughly 2 percent in reading and 1.3 percent in Math.
For those who ask “is GSRP making a difference?” The answer is unequivocally yes. The resources put into this program produced a substantial return on investment. There is certainly more work to be done to improve academic outcomes for Michigan students, but early childhood education is clearly paying big dividends for students.
Head Start Preschool
What is Head Start?
Head Start is a free preschool program sponsored by funds from the Federal Department of Health & Human
Services. The goal of Head Start is to increase school readiness of young children in low income families. Oakridge
is in consortium with Orchard View and Ravenna for our Head Start program. Orchard View manages the program and all
- Students must reside in the Oakridge Public Schools District and be age 3 or 4 by September 1 of the current school year
- Families must also meet income eligibility requirements
Location: Orchard View Community Education or Ravenna ECC
Session Times: Morning or afternoon classes Monday through Thursday each week.
Meals: Nutritious meals are provided.
Transportation: Transportation is provided.
For more information, please contact Orchard View Community Education 231-760-1787
SXI Special Education
Students with multiple impairments have more than one disability in intellectual, physical and/or functional abilities. They typically require intensive intervention and supports for activities of daily living.
Meet the SXI Special Education Team:
- Mrs. Willard
- Mrs. Stoval
- Mrs. Darnell
The following Enrichments are available to students at the lower elementary:
- Physical Education