Learning Assistance Program (LAP)

Our Washington legislature funds the Learning Assistance Program (LAP) to help all students meet state standards in Reading and Math.  Children who did not meet standard in these areas are eligible for LAP services. Principals, teachers, specialists, and assistants work together to provide the instruction and practice that students need to be successful. The Kelso School District supports this program with professional development, instructional materials, and assessment tools.

Elementary LAP
Elementary schools receive LAP funds. Allocations are needs based, in part, on assessment scores and reduced lunch averages. LAP staff support students who are developing the skills needed to meet standard in Reading or Math. The principal and school staff make decisions about the most effective approach to use based on students' academic needs. LAP staff work in the classroom with identified students, with small groups of children in another instructional space, or with individuals under the direction of a certificated teacher.

Secondary LAP
LAP staff support students who have not met standard in Reading and Math at our two middle schools. They work in the classroom with identified students under the direction of the English or math teachers. The secondary LAP staff follow the same guidelines as the elementary staff and receive similar training from the district.

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Kelso School District • 601 Crawford Street • Kelso, WA 98626 • Phone: (360) 501-1900

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Kelso School District #458 complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, the school district's Title VII Officer and ADA Coordinator. People of disability may request reasonable accommodation in the hiring process by contacting, Tim Peterson, Director of Human Resources, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 or (360) 501-1924.

Inquiries regarding compliance procedures regarding students may be directed to Don Iverson, Director of Student Services, the school district’s Title IX Coordinator or Denise Freund, Director of Special Programs, the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, 601 Crawford Street, Kelso, WA 98626 (360) 501-1900.