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Educational Service Unit 13

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Meridian School is a separate school placement for students with significant support needs. The school is located on ESU 13's main campus in Scottsbluff. It has 2 classrooms for students age 5 to 21. Meridian focuses on life skill academics and functional skills. Students participate in leveled, age-appropriate math, literacy, science, social studies, and social-emotional curriculums. In addition, students have music class and participate in a community bell choir. They attend the YMCA for swimming and physical education class. Students who are of transition age have work-based learning experiences with the support of a job coach, a transition skills class, and the RPAD program - an apartment where students work on independent living skills like cooking, shopping, and home care. Placement at Meridian School is an IEP team decision in accordance with a continuum of placement of students in their least restrict environment (see NDE Guidance Doc for more information).