Office of Special Education
Arlington Public Schools provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities, preschool through high school, found eligible to receive special education services. The steps to identifying a student as eligible for special education services is a carefully managed process guided by State and Federal regulations. Evaluations required to make this determination are completed only with parent permission. Policies and procedures governing special education services can be found in Arlington Public Schools Special Education Policies and Procedures.
School-based student study committees review available information regarding students who are experiencing problems that adversely affect their education performance. Students suspected of having a disability are referred for evaluation. An eligibility committee at the student's school reviews assessment data to determine if the student has a disability which requires special education services. When a student is found eligible for special education services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed with the participation of the school staff, the parents and the student (when appropriate). An IEP is a statement of the special education and related services that will be provided to the student which is updated at least annually during a student's eligibility for special education.
The Office of Special Education provides support for students with disabilities, parents, principals, and school staff in the evaluation, identification, placement, instruction, and transitional services.
- Special Education is an integral part of the total education system not a separate entity. It is a process for enhancing the effectiveness of the system to meet the needs of all students. Students with disabilities will be educated in an age appropriate environment with non-disabled persons to the maximum extent possible. Students should be served within the regular classroom setting to the degree that is consistent with meeting the specific needs of each student and providing an appropriate education and environment for all students Students should be provided special education services within their neighborhood or selected alternative school, unless there is a compelling educational reason for change in school placement.
- Students, regardless of their educational needs, will be a part of their school community, which will actively promote and foster positive attitudes toward and full acceptance of all students. Staff will be empowered to meet the educational needs of all students. Inservice training will be provided to help teachers acquire the necessary skills.
- Parent involvement in the school community will support the educational success of all students.
- IEP Forms available for viewing - Click here