Special Education Services

Special Education instruction and services are provided to students with qualifying disabilities as determined in IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Disability eligibility is determined after a comprehensive case study evaluation is completed. This evaluation cannot take place without having obtained parent consent. The components of the case study evaluation are reviewed at an eligibility determination conference that is represented by the multidisciplinary team, appropriate school personnel, student and parents. Through specific criteria, it will be determined if a disability is present and if the disability creates an adverse effect on the child’s ability to participate in a traditional educational program.
If the child is eligible for services, an IEP (Individual Education Plan) meeting will take place in order to develop a written plan of action describing the specially designed instruction and related services needed to meet the individual needs of the child. The IEP describes services, modifications, and accommodations that will be provided for the programs that the child will be involved, as well as progress in the general curriculum.
Children are served in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). Placement and services are provided along a continuum that meets state and federal guideline. The IEP is reviewed at least annually.

The course offerings in Special Education include all core subjects required for graduation and various electives. In addition, some students may benefit from an Academic Skills class wherein they can work with a Learning Behavior Specialist to make progress toward their annual IEP goals. They may also receive some of their related service instruction such as Social Work or Speech and Language within this environment. As with any Special Education class, such determinations are made based on individual student need and IEP team decision-making.