“Special education” is instruction, specific to the student, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability. Special education is an instructional service, not a place. Specialized instruction and supports are provided through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) plan, which addresses the student’s unique needs related to his or her disability.
It is important to note that students with disabilities are general education students first. Students receive special education services in collaboration with Arcadia‘s general education teachers and curriculum. Students with IEPs are provided with accommodations in the classroom and modifications to the curriculum as indicated by the student’s individual needs.
Arcadia Charter School’s special education program provides a continuum of services and access to an array of services including, but not limited to:
- specialized instruction proved by special education teachers licensed in a wide range of disabilities
- school social work services
- occupational therapy
- speech/language therapy
- developmental adapted physical education
For further information about special education services, please feel free to contact:
School Social Worker
507-663-8806 X 206
Teachers and parents who have concerns that a student may have a disability that is interfering with academic program may make a referral for a special education evaluation. Parents are encouraged to talk to the student’s advisor(s) if they want to discuss a referral for a special education evaluation. That referral will be brought to the special education team for follow up and planning. Teachers may also make referrals for a special education evaluation, which may include implementing academic or behavioral interventions prior to the special education evaluation being conducted.