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Success in the Inclusion Program

By Denebola
Published: March 2008

By Helen Tian

Principal Brian Salzer called Newton South senior Chris May into his office a few weeks ago to deliver the exciting news: Chris, after four years at South, passed the MCAS.
Chris, a student with down syndrome, participates in the Inclusion Program at South. The program allows students with special needs to learn in the same classroom as other students. Although learning at the same pace as his peers is difficult, Chris finds the experience rewarding, having made the Honor Roll every term.
His greatest challenge is finishing his homework after track practice, a common difficulty that many of those on the team experience.


Another obstacle Chris has faced is passing the MCAS. Having taken the test before, he “came very close a couple of times and “just wanted to pass it [in order to] get it over with.
May’s wish came true when Salzer excitedly broke the news to him that he had succeded.  Overjoyed, “I had tears in my eyes, May said
Both Chris and his parents strongly believe that the Inclusion Program helps students with special needs prepare for standardized testing.
“There’s definitely a lot of support from teachers and students, Chris’s father, Herbert May said.
Although the effectiveness of the inclusion program is often debated, May believes that his hard work always pays off in the end.
“The Inclusion Program is good because it shows others that the world out there isn’t¦all kids [attending] private school, who are getting into [the] Ivy League.  The inclusion program shows that there are other kids out there as well, Herbert May said.Principal Brian Salzer called Newton South senior Chris May into his office a few weeks ago to deliver the exciting news: Chris, after four years at South, passed the MCAS.Chris, a student with down syndrome, participates in the Inclusion Program at South. The program allows students with special needs to learn in the same classroom as other students. Although learning at the same pace as his peers is difficult, Chris finds the experience rewarding, having made the Honor Roll every term.His greatest challenge is finishing his homework after track practice, a common difficulty that many of those on the team experience.Another obstacle Chris has faced is passing the MCAS. Having taken the test before, he “came very close a couple of times and “just wanted to pass it [in order to] get it over with.May’s wish came true when Salzer excitedly broke the news to him that he had succeded.  Overjoyed, “I had tears in my eyes, May saidBoth Chris and his parents strongly believe that the Inclusion Program helps students with special needs prepare for standardized testing.“There’s definitely a lot of support from teachers and students, Chris’s father, Herbert May said.Although the effectiveness of the inclusion program is often debated, May believes that his hard work always pays off in the end.“The Inclusion Program is good because it shows others that the world out there isn’t¦all kids [attending] private school, who are getting into [the] Ivy League.  The inclusion program shows that there are other kids out there as well, Herbert May said.

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