Department Mission

  • The purpose of Special Education is to provide a high quality, safe and inclusive educational program that support students with special needs to reach their full academic and behavioral potential in preparation for life and success in college and career through specialized services provided, to the maximum extent possible and appropriate, in the general education learning environment.

Special Education Program Beliefs

    • Effective general education is the key to improving special education.
    • Collaboration among educators leads to improved student achievement.
    • Each student has the right to a challenging, rewarding and inclusive education.
    • All students can learn and it is our responsibility to ensure that they do.

    Special Education Strategic Plan

What is Special Education?

  • Special education is instruction specially designed, at no cost to you, to meet your child's or youth's unique needs. Special education can include classroom instruction, home instruction, instruction in hospitals and institutions, or other settings. It can also include instruction in physical education and vocational education.

    The federal law that supports special education and related services is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under IDEA, all eligible school-aged children and youth with disabilities are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).