What is special education?
Special education means specially designing instruction to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability. Services are made available to meet the needs of all students with disabilities within the responsibility of the district who have been determined eligible and need special education and related services in order to benefit from their educational program.
Students with disabilities are those children evaluated as having:
- Autism (AUT)
- Emotional Disability (ED)
- Hearing Impairment (HI)
- Other Health Impairments (OHI)
- Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
- Mild/Moderate Intellectual Disabilities (MIID/MOID)
- Severe Mental Disabilities (SMD)
- Multiple Disabilities (MD)
- Multiple Disabilities with Severe Sensory Impairment (MDSSI)
- Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
- Preschool Speech/Language Delay (PSL)
- Speech/Language Impairment (SLI)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Visual Impairment (VI)
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my student take honors or AP courses?
- Yes, students may enroll in honors and AP courses
Can my student fail a class and, if so, what happens?
- Yes, any student can fail a class.
- The student must repeat the course during summer school or in a classroom setting during the school year.
What are the expectations of a student with special needs?
- Advocate for their needs within the classroom
- Attend their meetings
- Discuss post-secondary goals with our transition specialist
- Earn course credits given the accommodations and modifications listed in the IEP
- Meet with service coordinators to discuss IEP services and needs
What times will meetings related to IEP services take place?
- Meetings take place before school at 7AM, or immediately following the last bell at 2:25 PM.
- Enter the main office and check in with our front desk secretary who will alert team members of your arrival.
What tutoring option exists for students?
- Every teacher offers weekly tutoring. Check on their webpages or email directly for specifics.
- Parents and students are responsible for coordinating tutoring times with teachers
- click here for the tutoring Schedule by departmente
When will I meet my child’s service coordinator?
- Service coordinators generally send out correspondence at the start of the year.
- Many parents meet service coordinators at Casteel's parent night, August 6.
- Sometimes, face-to-face interactions first take place at the annual review.