1426 N Quincy St
Arlington, VA 22207
703-228-6000
Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Special Education

Office of Special Education

Arlington Public Schools (APS) provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities, preschool through high school, found eligible to receive special education services. Identifying a student as eligible for special education services is a carefully managed process guided by State and Federal regulations, as well as APS Special Education policies and procedures (25-4.4). Evaluations required to make this determination are completed only with parent permission.

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 from school-based evaluations as well as any information provided by parents 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 throughout a student's eligibility for special education.

Mission Statement

The Office of Special Education provides ongoing support throughout the special education process for students with disabilities, parents, principals, and school staff, to include support in the areas of evaluation, identification, placement, instruction, and transitional services.

 Foundation Values

  • Special Education is an integral part of the total education system, not a separate entity. Special Education enhances the effectiveness of the school 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 while 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. Professional development trainings will be provided to support the learning and professional growth of school-based staff.
  • Parent involvement in the school community will support the educational success of all students.
Last Modified on September 19, 2014