Special Education

Our Special Education teachers and support staff provide educational programming designed to meet the needs of our students with disabilities. 

We offer these services to ensure that learners with disabilities receive a “Free Appropriate Public Education" (FAPE). Highly trained Special Education teachers and paraprofessionals give students specialized instruction designed for each individual in an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

The Special Education Process

Identification and Referral

The Special Education process begins with identifying learners ages birth to 21 who are eligible for special services and in need of specialized instruction.

Evaluation

We use formal and informal measures to determine the learner’s strengths and areas of need. Parent permission is required to start the Initial assessment and evaluation process. The parent is invited to participate in a Child Study Team at the building site to determine the areas of assessment.

Placement

During this phase, the learner’s needs are determined and, together with the family, a plan is written to meet those needs. The underlining principle is where the services are delivered; we use the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) as a guiding principle for determining whether this is in the mainstream classroom, in the resource learning center, in a self-contained special education classroom, or in a program that is off site. These decisions are discussed in a collaborative planning meeting entitled Individual Education Plan conference.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Common parent questions—and answers—about special education services.