Special Education

A full continuum of special education and related services is available to all children who meet specific eligibility requirements. Culver School supports the intent of the federal and state mandate to meet student needs in the least restrictive environment (LRE) possible.

In meeting the requirements of LRE, our district supports inclusive instructional practices, which are designed to provide accommodations, modifications and/or special education services within the context of the general education setting. This commitment enables children to participate in and benefit from the general education curriculum as much as possible. If student needs warrant small-group resource instruction, this may be provided in another setting as appropriate.

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. The IEP, which includes goals and benchmarks, is evaluated three times per year.

Special education instruction and related services are available for children with special needs from birth to age 21 (i.e., through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday).

Educational Rights and Responsibilities:Understanding Special Education in Illinois