Student Support Services

  • E.M. Baker has a wide array of services to support the academic, physical, and emotional needs of all children. These services are a vital part of our comprehensive educational program. 

    There are times when a child may need extra attention and assistance in order to progress academically and emotionally. In such cases, all involved school personnel meets with the parents for discussion and evaluation of the child’s progress. The services described below may be available to all children or may require a formal recommendation from the GNPS’ Committee on Special Education (CSE).

    The School Psychologists serve as the case managers for all students who receive special education services. In addition, they conduct psychological evaluations as part of referrals to the Committee on Special Education (CSE). The School Psychologists also assist with screenings of all incoming Kindergarten students. Along with the School Social Workers, the School Psychologists are available to consult with teachers and meet with children when needed. Children may meet for short-term counseling, as needed, for school-related concerns. Additionally, the School Psychologists and School Social Workers are available for consultation with parents and can serve as another resource for questions you may have about your child’s development, learning, and social skills.

    Speech-Language Therapy addresses articulation problems and difficulties with receptive and expressive language.

    Occupational Therapy focuses on fine motor skills and their impact on learning.

    Physical Therapy focuses on gross motor skills and their impact on learning.

    The English as a New Language (ENL) Program goals promote academic achievement and enable ENL students to develop content skills while learning English.  The program is one that is tailored to meet the linguistic, academic and emotional needs of students. It provides English Language Learners with instruction necessary to support their progress in the classroom.


    Math Lab services are available to children in grades K-5 who need support and/or supplemental assistance in math. Math Lab is a program designed to support children’s needs in mathematics. The criteria for selection include test scores and teacher recommendation based on student performance. As a participant in this program, students will receive individual and/or small group instruction to improve crucial math skills. Some children receive instruction in the Math Lab, while others work with the math lab teacher in their classrooms. Math Lab instruction is in addition to regularly scheduled math lessons in the classroom.


    Supporting Educational Exploration and Knowledge (SEEK) is a service offered to children in grades 3-5 whose cognitive needs cannot be met solely in the heterogeneous classroom. The SEEK Program is offered during regular school hours. The program fosters critical and creative thinking in an inquiry-based learning environment.  Students engage in rigorous challenges beyond the regular classroom instructional program and, in some cases, participate in activities, projects, and assignments in lieu of those offered in the classroom. Identification of SEEK students begins in third grade and is based on the following criteria:

    • Exceeds grade level standards on classroom assessments and report cards  
    • Demonstrates higher level problem solving, and critical and creative thinking on S.E.E.K assessments 

    • Recommendation by teachers