About Special Education Services
NSD provides special education services to students ages 3 to 21 with disabilities who qualify under specific state and federal laws and regulations. While not every child with a disability will require special education services, every child whose disability affects their academic, functional, and social/emotional progress, who meets the state and federal eligibility requirements, and who requires specially designed instruction is entitled to receive a free and appropriate public education that meets their unique needs.
Special education is provided by the school district at no cost to parents. Special education services and supports are provided for individual students based on their individual needs as identified in their IEP. Services and supports are available via a continuum based on those unique needs.
Specially designed instruction is provided through pull-out and/or push-in models, specific courses, and special day classes that focus on specific needs. Services and supports are provided for academic needs, related services, (i.e. OT, SLP, PT) functional and life skills needs, and social/emotional needs. The purpose of special education is to allow the student to successfully develop his or her individual potential.
Students who receive special education services and supports are general education students first. The goal of the Nampa School District is to provide the greatest amount of general education curriculum, instruction, and interaction as is appropriate for each student. Ongoing collaboration between special education teachers and staff, general education teachers, the student, and parents allows for the most effective supports for all parties and the best outcomes for the student.