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Special Education

What is Special Education?

Special education is instruction specially designed, at no cost to you, to meet your child's or youth's unique needs. Special education can include classroom instruction, home instruction, instruction in hospitals and institutions, or other settings. It can also include instruction in physical education and vocational education.

The federal law that supports special education and related services is called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under IDEA, all eligible school-aged children and youth with disabilities are entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

The Parent Guide to Special Education

Does Your Child Need Help?

Does your child need Special Education or Assessment for Special Education?

All children develop at different rates and in different ways. If you think that your child may have a disability, click here for more information.

I think my child may need special help in school.


Parent Rights in Special Education

To obtain a copy of your parent rights and procedural safeguards you may contact the Student Services Office at (408) 337-3532 or click here (English) / (Spanish) to download a copy.

If we don't stand up for children, then we don't stand for much.

--Marian Wright Edelman