Overview of Special Education / Exceptional Student Education

 Special Education Program 


A student from 3 through 21 years of age must meet the eligibility criteria in at least

one of the following areas in order to qualify for special education:


  • Significant Developmental Delay (SDD)
    • This area of disability is available for students from ages 3-9 only
  • Intellectual Disability (mild, moderate, severe, profound)
  • Emotional and Behavior Disorders
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Blind
  • Speech-Language Impairment
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder


                                       Related Services

    Related Services are support services that enable the student to benefit from special

    education.  The student must qualify for each related service that is provided for them:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Educational Interpreters
  • Transportation
  • Other / GNETS



      Individualized Education Program (IEP)

    An IEP is a written plan for each student with a disability that is developed by

    educators, parents and others as appropriate.  It describes the necessary special

    education and related services that the student needs to benefit from a free,

    appropriate, public education (FAPE).


     Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

    Students with disabilities are educated to the maximum extent appropriate with

    students who are not disabled. Special classes, schooling, or other removal of

    students with disabilities from the regular education environment occurs only

    if the nature and severity of the disability are such that education in the regular

    classes cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

  • Special Needs Scholarship Program 

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