A Message From the Assistant Superintendent

Special education is the practice of educating students with special needs in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. All special-needs students receive an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that outlines how the school will meet the student’s individual needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that students with special needs be provided with a Free Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment that is appropriate to the student's needs. Common special needs include learning disabilities, communication disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental disabilities. Students with these kinds of special needs are likely to benefit from additional educational services such as different approaches to teaching, the use of technology, a specifically adapted teaching area, or a resource room. Our schools provide special education in varying degrees from the least restrictive settings, such as full inclusion, to the most restrictive settings.

Our special education teachers are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued certification or license in special education along with an autism certificate. They are well trained in various teaching practices and strategies to better serve the students. Their mission is helping students access the curriculum, to work on appropriate behaviors and to learn social skills to name a few practices.

Those of us in this field are very passionate about helping those students with special needs. We are committed to the students and our families in our school district. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our department. We are happy to help you in any way we can.

Thank you,
Lorraine Rae
Assistant Superintendent
Special Education and Student Services
714-663-6233