Pleasant View Elementary School has a very diverse student population, from both a socio-economic perspective, as well as a special education one. In addition to roughly 80% of students meeting free-and-reduced-lunch guidelines, over 40% of Pleasant View students receive special education instruction, which is about three times the average for both Providence and Rhode Island. In order to meet such diverse needs, Pleasant View has one general education class and one full inclusion class at each grade level, who collaboratively plan together.
The inclusion classrooms have a fully embedded special educator. General education teachers are responsible for providing primary content instruction, as well as one-on-one mentorship and coaching. Special education teachers make sure students in the inclusion classrooms are receiving the necessary modifications based on their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as providing interventions when needed. Teachers are also supported by City Year volunteers, who provide students additional support and attention when the teacher is working with other groups.