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Special Education

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The goal of the Exceptional Student Services Department (Special Education) is to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for all students with disabilities. A wide continuum of services covering all areas of exceptionality, within the least restrictive environment, is available for students in grades K-12 (up to 22 years of age). 

Students receiving special education are supported by a team of professionals who develop individual education program goals and provide specially designed instruction with related services such as educational evaluations, speech pathology, and occupational and physical therapy aligned to individualized needs. 

Services are delivered in the student’s least restrictive environment, at no cost to the family, based on needs determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP). 

The District also provides an integrated inclusive licensed preschool providing the highest quality education during the school year to children with identified learning challenges and their non-disabled peers, three years of age until eligible for Kindergarten.

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Students with disabilities are children who have been evaluated as having:

  • Autism (A)
  • Emotional Disability (ED)
  • Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Hearing Impairments (HI)
  • Other Health Impairments (OHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • Intellectual Disability 
  • Multiple Disabilities (MD)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Preschool Moderate Delay (PMD)
  • Preschool Severe Delay (PSD)
  • Preschool Speech/Language Delay (PLS)
  • Speech/Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)