The mission of the Special Education Department is to collaboratively engage with school staff to develop capacities designed to improve academic, social and emotional outcomes for students with disabilities and their families. DPS accomplishes this mission by developing an understanding of the specific context of each school, providing professional expertise, and building a plan of support together.
Special Education services are provided at all DPS schools and DPS charter schools. In addition, for those students whose IEPs require it, Special Education provides extended supports for students who need Extended School Year services, Homebound services, or facility placements.
Transition services for students with disabilities are a coordinated set of services, supports, and programming in schools and in the community that are driven by student-centered planning, authentic family involvement, and student self-determined goals for life after high school in career, education & independent living. The transition process should start no later than age 15 and could span until the end of the last semester a student turns 21. In order to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to Transition services directly related to their post-school outcomes, we will provide programming aligned to DPS graduation requirements to support essential skills attainment and The Continuum of Services for College and Career Readiness.