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Department Goal

The goal of Special Education is to 'empower' students to become independent learners, to teach learning strategies to prepare them to be successful in their regular classes, and to prepare them for post-secondary experiences. This goal will be achieved through a partnership between student, home and school.

Statement of Philosophy

Special Education Services will offer the following to disabled students and their parents:

  • A free appropriate public education to all disabled students residing in the district

  • Special education in the Least Restrictive Environment (L.R.E.). Disabled students will be educated with non-disabled students to an extent that will appropriately meet each student's unique needs

  • A continuum of special education services will be available, including participation in physical education, art, and music, industrial teachnology, and FACS as deemed appropriate and according to course availablility

  • An individualized education program will be developed for each student determined to have special needs. The Individual Education Program will be reviewed at least annually

  • The student's parents will be consulted on a regular basis regarding student's needs

  • Student education records will be maintained in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Family Education Rights and Privacy Act