District 25 provides a full continuum of special education and related services to all students who meet requirements in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education. Each school provides a variety of services to support students. All schools and programs are committed to providing services in the least restrictive environment. This commitment enables children to participate in and benefit from the general education curriculum as much as possible.
The goal of special education and related services is to support each student and address the student’s individual needs. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed in collaboration with parents, general education teachers and special education staff on a yearly basis. Parents receive updates on their child’s progress/IEP goals at each marking period.
A Child Study Team comprised of general and special education teachers, a nurse, psychologist, social worker, speech/language pathologist and a special education administrator is available at each school. Other staff, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, behavioral consultants, assistive technology facilitators, adaptive physical education teachers, and vision/hearing therapists are also available, as needed. The team collaborates to adapt curriculum and teaching strategies to meet individual student needs.