Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! Families often have many questions about special education services. I have addressed the most commonly asked questions below. Please contact me with more questions or details.
Does Saint Ambrose offer special education services?
Yes, Saint Ambrose has a full time learning specialist for kindergarten through fifth grade and a 0.75 special education teacher for sixth through eighth grades.
What type of special education services are offered in the elementary grades?
Special education resource services are available for students who have been tested through a public school district or a private practice and have met the criteria to receive special education. Some special education services can be coordinated with the public school (District 833), such as speech, deaf/hard of hearing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and reading help. The Learning Specialist works with students throughout the day to assist with homework; enhance spelling, reading, comprehension, writing, and math skills.
Does Saint Ambrose offer Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)?
Students who qualify for IEPs can be serviced by the district under an Individualized Service Plan (ISP). These are plans for students who receive services through the district such as speech or academic classes. These services are provided for those students who meet the qualifications. A bus to Liberty Ridge Elementary School is provided for the students.
What else does Saint Ambrose offer to support students?
At Saint Ambrose, we offer Learning Plans for students with a qualifying diagnosis. These plans are designed to support students but still challenge them to work as independently as possible. We also offer small group instruction for those who need an extra boost in reading.
As a parent of a child with a disability, are there local organizations where I can seek support?
Yes, there are many organizations in the Twin Cities area that hold meetings and workshops regularly for parents and children.
The Autism Society of Minnesota
The International Dyslexia Association, Upper Midwest Branch
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