District 63 is committed to providing special education services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) appropriate for each student. For this reason, special education services run along a continuum based on each student's unique needs as defined by his/her Individualized Education Plan (IEP) -- from support within the general education classroom to individualized support in a special education environment.
The District may also provide specific programming support based on a student's disability and the decision of the IEP team. Such programming could include:
- Structured teaching.
- Educational life skills.
- Support for emotional disabilities.
Families sometimes have questions about District 63's LRE policy, as special needs students are placed in general education classrooms when appropriate. It is important to note that LRE is mandated by the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) because extensive research indicates that it is the best practice for students with disabilities -- with no negative impact on typically learning peers.
Socially, LRE benefits all
children: those with special needs and those with typical needs.