Special Education Services / Learning Support
Collegium Charter School is required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) (2004) to provide a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities who need special education and related services. Children with disabilities who need special education and related services are identified as eligible for special education if they need specially designed instruction and have one or more of the following physical or mental disabilities:
- Emotional Disturbance
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment (including blindness)
The legal definitions of these disabilities, which the public school must apply under IDEA (2004) may differ from those used by medical or clinical practice. The legal definitions could apply to children with disabilities that have very different medical or clinical disorders. Students are determined eligible for special education services through the process of a formal multidisciplinary evaluation. Evaluation means procedures used in the determination of whether a child has a disability and the nature and extent of the special education and related services needed by the child. The term evaluation refers to procedures used selectively with an individual child and does not indicate basic tests administered to or procedures used with all children. Once parental consent for evaluation is obtained, the school has timelines and procedures specified by law that it must follow.
All special education teachers are certified in accordance with PA Department of Education regulations. There will be parent information meetings during the school year for parents who are interested in learning more about our Special Education and Related Services programs. Dates and times will be included in the weekly CCS Newsletter and on the CCS Website.
If you have questions regarding CCS Special Education and/or Learning Support, please contact one of our Special Education Coordinators: