Eden Prairie Schools provides a comprehensive program for students with disabilities. Services are provided to students who range in age from birth through high school, with a few students receiving help until age 21.
All services are developed to facilitate each student in reaching his or her potential. Inclusive education between regular and special education allows for the opportunity to learn and develop in an age-appropriate setting. From early intervention to community-based vocational training, students are provided a quality, individualized education program in the least restrictive environment.
Each school in the system has a special education team who provides services to students with a variety of handicapping conditions. A lead teacher is available at each school to assist students and families in the Special Education Program. Special education team members work in conjunction with a students regular classroom teachers and support staff.
Special education services at EPHS are designed to meet the individual educational needs of students who qualify for service through a referral and testing process. Special education service may vary from direct classroom experiences in a resource setting to indirect/consultative service with a student's mainstream teachers. The services and specific program that are provided are determined by a cross-categorical team that meets to develop the student's Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.).
Programs include, but are not limited to, services for students with speech and language disorders, students with a learning disability, students with emotional or behavioral disorders, students who are mentally or physically impaired, students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, or students with vision or hearing impairments. Referrals to any special education programs should be directed to the Counseling Office or the Intervention team.
Cedar Ridge Special Education Staff