Special Education at Gilbert Public Schools
Gilbert Public Schools Special Education Department provides educational opportunities for all disabled students, ages 3–22. We aim to provide superior special education supports and services that meet the academic, physical, social, and emotional needs of all our students in special education.
Our primary goal is to accelerate student learning, closing the achievement gap between students in special education and their nondisabled peers and/or providing the services, tools, and supports necessary for students to be successful both in school and community settings.
Every student is educated to the maximum extent appropriate with their nondisabled peers. Special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of students with disabilities from the general education environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability warrants such services outside of the general education classroom. These decisions are made on an individualized basis, with input from the entire team, including the parent.
Parent participation and input is highly valued in Gilbert Public Schools and is considered a crucial part of all special education decisions.
Our Special Education department is divided into four sections:
- Secondary Special Education
- Elementary Special Education
- Related Services and Preschool
- School Psychology Service
Please contact your child's school first with any questions by calling the campus and asking for the appropriate staff member: Principal, School Psychologist, Special Education Teacher. To reach the department chair or a special education teacher at the Junior High Schools and High Schools ask for the Special Education Department and then ask for the appropriate staff member.
Special Education – District Programs and Services
- Adaptive Physical Education
- Advantage Preschool (formerly Amanecer)
- Assistive Technology
- Children Overcoming Problems through Education (COPE)
- Deaf & Hard of Hearing (DHH)
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- School Psychologists
- Social, Pragmatics, Independence, Communication, and Emotional Regulation (SPICE)
- Speech/Language Therapy
- Structured Classroom for Intensive Learning of Language Skills (SCILLS)
- Transition services
- Vision services
Special Education – District Family Resources
Special Education Department Contacts
- Fran Grossenbacher
- Darrin Praska
- Emily Haskell
- Penny Kayton
- Matthew Moix
- Jennifer Reagan
- Lisa Schureman-Beard
- Jackie Smith
- Julie Stockton
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