We provide a comprehensive program for students with disabilities. Our Special Education Department serves approximately 1,000 children who range in age from birth through 21. All buildings in our District provide special education services. All schools have licensed special education teachers and offer intervention supports, evaluations and special education instruction.
We offer a wide range of service delivery models. Most students receive services in their neighborhood school and, when possible, in their regular class setting. Service models include home-based services for infants and toddlers, 1:1 instruction, small group instruction, instruction in the general education classroom and off-site instruction at Intermediate District 287.
What is Special Education?
Special Education is instruction specific to the child at no cost to parents. The instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Children must meet specific criteria set by the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government to receive special education services. Special Education is an instructional service, not a place.
Children may qualify for special education services in the following disability categories:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Cognitive Disability
- Developmental Delay
- Emotional or Behavioral Disorder
- Hard of Hearing
- Other Health Disability
- Physical Impairment
- Severely Multiply Impaired
- Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
Serious problems with behavior, social skills, peer relations, emotional responses, and coping skills which interfere with learning and/or relationships in school.
Visit the MDE Emotional or Behavioral Disorder Site
Students with severe multiple impairment (SMI) meet the criteria for two or more of six categorical areas: deaf or hard of hearing, physically impaired, developmental cognitive disability (severe/profound), visually impaired, emotional or behavioral disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Visit the MDE Severely Multiply Impaired site.
A large difference or discrepancy between a learner’s intellectual ability and her/his achievement in the areas of reading, math, written expression, oral expression, and/or listening comprehension; a severe underachievement in academic work and severe difficulty in processing information.
Visit the MDE Specific Learning Disabilities Site