The Special Education program at Highland is available to support students who have been identified as having an educational disability through the process of intervention and evaluation. An educational disability is considered to be disability that meets the eligibility criteria defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) http://idea.ed.gov/ in one of 14 areas which may impact a child’s school performance in the areas of: reading, written language, math, speech, listening comprehension, oral expression, or social/pragmatic language.  Once students have been identified, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed to address the specific needs of the student to support their growth toward grade level common core standards. Student needs may be addressed in a variety of ways, which typically include accommodations, modifications and direct services by special education teachers, instructional aides and/or therapists (speech/language, occupational, physical). Direct services may be provided in the resource classroom, general education classroom (inclusion) or through a combination of settings.

·         Resource - the students are pulled out of the general education classroom setting into a resource classroom for direct instruction on the skills for which needs have been identified.


·         Inclusion - the resource teacher collaborates with the general education teacher in order to ensure appropriate instruction and/or accommodations in the general education classroom for each student with an IEP to experience success in the least restrictive environment.


We look forward to working with your students during the 2013-14 school year to help them realize their full potential.  If you have any questions, please give us a call.


Carolyn Whitesides, K-4 Resource Teacher, 480-472-7645

Beverly Black, 5-6 Resource Teacher, 480-472-7646

Annette Vercelli, Speech Language Pathologist, 480-472-7647