The goal is to provide appropriate support to students with disabilities to ensure growth in achievement and skills necessary to pursue further education and/or confidently enter the workforce.
Special education is specially designed instruction and related services that enable a student with an identified educational disability to access and benefit from their educational program through the implementation of an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) that is developed by the IEP team, which includes but is not limited to parent, classroom teacher, special education teacher, other special education service providers as determined by identified needs. Special education addresses the individual needs of the child that arise from a disability and is provided at no cost to the parents. These services may include specialized personnel, special instructional supplies and materials, modification to curriculum and other special accommodations.
Specially designed instruction means adapting the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction (i.e. what we teach and how we teach it) to address the student’s unique needs that arise as a result of their disability, and to ensure access to the general education curriculum.
Services for students with disabilities change as goals are attained, as current research defines strategies and direction, and as legal mandates change. The Student Services Director guides special education staff in compliance with state and federal regulations in providing services to all students with disabilities so that students receive a free and appropriate public education. Students receiving these services will receive them in the least restrictive educational environment.