Special Education Services

General Objectives of Special Education Services

  • That every student who is the legal responsibility of the Monroe-Woodbury will receive a free and appropriate education. Students are eligible to receive educational services until the completion of the school year of their 21st birthday or until the attainment of a local/regents diploma, whichever occurs earlier.
  • That every disabled student will be educated in his/her least restrictive environment, and have access to the full range of programs and services available to their non-disabled peers.
  • That every disabled student has the right to participate in extra-curricular activities to the extent appropriate to their individual physical abilities.
  • That the determination of the Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education be consistent with the continuum of the services outlined in the Commissioner’s Regulations and be based on such items as: chronological age; learning rate; academic functioning; social/emotional development; physical development; and management needs.
  • That every disabled student’s Individual Education Plan ( IEP) be reviewed annually.
  • That the school will involve students, their parents and staff from both general and special education in the education process, including participation in advisory groups that determine the future direction of special education programs and services.

Monroe-Woodbury is committed to offering a diverse and flexible program of classroom options for those with special needs.  Students receive as little or as much assistance as they require, ranging from extra support in general classrooms to classrooms devoted solely to the needs of the disabled and challenged. Placement can also be made outside of district buildings when the need for specialized situations is greatest. In all cases, the district strives to place students in the least restrictive environment that encourages them to succeed.

Beginning even before Kindergarten, the district offers screening and assistance options for its youngest community members. To begin that process, please contact Registration to make your child eligible for district services.

Outside the classroom, Monroe-Woodbury students enjoy participation in clubs and activities.  The district is particularly proud of its Special Olympics teams at both the elementary and middle school levels.  Our high school boasts an award winning cheerleading squad of special needs students.

For more information on any aspect of evaluation and instruction please contact our Pupil Personnel Services office.