Special Education Program Information

Sartell-St. Stephen provides inclusive and comprehensive programs for students with disabilities from pre-school through 21 years of age. Within the district, each of the elementary, middle and high school buildings has programs for students who qualify for special education support. Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) with goals and objectives which address specific areas of educational need are written for each student who qualifies for these services.

The Special Education Department includes; certified teachers, educational speech/language pathologists, school psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and educational consultants.

Students can receive services in the following disability categories: Autism Spectrum, Disorder, Deaf-Blind, Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Emotional or Behavior Disorder, Developmental Cognitive Disability, Developmental Delay, Other Health Disability, Physically Impaired, Severely Multiply Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairments, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visually Impaired.

Special Education Philosophy: provide quality individualized instruction so all students can reach their full potential and become capable, well-rounded, contributing members of society

Special Education Beliefs:

• individualized instruction
• promoting inclusion
• ensuring all students receive education in the least restrictive environment
• acknowledging individual growth
• promoting whole child development
• fostering independence and self-advocacy skills
• valuing all learners
• intervening early
• preparing students for postsecondary opportunities

Special Education Advisory Council 

Co-Chairs:  Jeff Schwiebert and Patrick Marushin