Special Education Services

News and Announcements

  • Letter to Parents of Students with IEPs 4/17/2020.

    All students with IEPs will continue to receive special education services in the remote environment. In the upcoming weeks, your student's case manager will be sending an individualized remote learning plan that has been tailored to meet your child's needs. Our plan for providing instruction to students with disabilities has two priorities: 1.) Focus on the health, safety, and welfare of our students and their families, 2.) Making good faith efforts to provide appropriate, accommodated, and accessible services to students with disabilities in light of the current circumstances.

    For some of you, we have open evaluations. For evaluations that require additional testing, we are working to the best of our ability to complete components such as parent/student interviews, review of existing information, and teacher input in our remote environment; however, other pieces of data we cannot collect, such academic testing, requires us to put a pause on the evaluation until we return to school. 

    For students who still have an annual review meeting yet to be held this year, your case manager will be in touch with you to schedule that meeting.  In terms of IEP progress updates, we will continue to provide progress updates for students receiving special education services as we would in our regular school environment.  

  • Special Education Eligibility Requests
    During this extended school closure due to COVID-19, Any new requests to determine if your child is eligible for special education services will be put on "pause" until we return to school. The remote environment does not replicate the school setting which is the environment teams use when making decisions for special education services. 

Philosophy

The New Trier Special Education Department recognizes that each student learns in a unique way.  As such, we provide a full continuum of services to students who have been found eligible for special education. The Special Education Department is committed to providing a supportive environment in which our students can develop academic, social, emotional, vocational, and life skills. Our goal is for all students to become self-aware, self-advocating and independent learners. In addition, the school works in partnership with Northern Suburban Special Ed District NSSED . This partnership allows New Trier to take advantage of educational opportunities and services for students, staff, and families.