Cottage Lake Peer Tutor Program

What is a Peer Tutor? A peer tutor is a 4th or 5th grader who follows directions, likes to help, likes challenges, and is confident!

Our Peer Tutor program gives students, who have displayed consistent positive behaviors and attitudes, an opportunity to assist in the teaching of special education students by working on social, play, academic, communication, and motor skills.

Cottage Lake has the privilege of hosting a diverse population of students, with two Functional Academics & Life Skills (FSA) Special Education classes, two Sensory classes, and three Contained Learning Center (CLC) Pre-K classes.
These programs serve all grade levels, and all students in these classrooms are impacted by cognitive, social, motor, behavioral and/or communicative deficits.

One of the greatest concerns/goals in special education over the past twenty years has been the sense of belonging. Special Education teacher set goals to increase the awareness and interactions between students with special needs, their peers and the school community. One of the ways that we are hoping to achieve this goal is by facilitating the Peer Tutor program.

The Peer Tutor system is set up to take place for 30-45 minutes per day. Each student will have the opportunity to participate 1-2 times a week. This means that a particular student would miss about 45 minutes of class 1-2 days each week.


Casey Klinich, FSA Teacher