If you believe your student may qualify for special education services, your first step is to contact his/her teacher and school principal. The school-based staff work closely with the family.
About special education services in our district
generally refers to services provided to students age 3 to 21 with
disabilities following specific state and federal laws and rules.
not every child with a disability will require special education
services, every child whose disability affects their school progress is
entitled to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) which
meets their unique needs.
Special education is provided by the school
district at no cost to parents.
Most special education services are delivered at the child’s school and
can include specially designed instruction and related services that
meet the unique needs of an eligible student with a disability or a
specific service need that is necessary to allow the student with a
disability to access the general curriculum.
The purpose of special education is to allow the student to
successfully develop his or her individual educational potential. Along
with providing services to the child, if necessary, services are
provided to parents and to teachers for the student to benefit from
This is a program for children ages 3-5 with developmental
disabilities. Children work on developing motor, language, speech,
personal-social, self-help and pre-academic skills through play or
structured activities. The children are given numerous opportunities to
practice and learn together as a group with adults guiding the way.
At the elementary level, there is an emphasis on exposing students to a
variety of experiences and environments. Instructional emphasis is on
basic academic skills using motor, communication, social, and self-care
as they occur within the context of domestic, community and recreation
domains. In the early years, instruction is based primarily in the
classroom and the school environment. Students are placed in one of the
school districts’ programs housed at an elementary school.
Instruction at the Middle School level is targeted on classroom
learning, social integration skills and life skills. Students attend
their neighborhood school where there is a strong emphasis on developing
basic academic skills through functional age-appropriate activities in
natural settings. At this level, the students practice pre-vocational
High School: RADD (Readying Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities)
The RADD programs help students prepare for life as an adult.
Curriculum and activities include academies, community and
pre-vocational exploration with an emphasis placed on developing levels
of independence for daily living.
PREP Program (Prepared Readiness for Employment Program)
The PREP Transition Program is for students who have reached the age of
18 and have successfully completed four years of high school. PREP
provides many opportunities to prepare students with developmental
disabilities for the transition form school into adult life. The program
explores and expands opportunities for young adults within an
integrated age-appropriate setting.
The State Department of Education for Idaho’s Special Education program’s website provides detailed information on state and federal law as well as useful links for parents.
Our Special Education Program is coordinated by Jason Hillman.
He can be reached at 468-4600.