Student Special Services

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    Student Special Services 502 4th Street Northeast, Auburn, WA 98002
    Phone: (253) 931-4927
    Fax: (253) 931-4742
    Auburn students with disabilities, age 3 to 21, may receive special education and related services in each elementary school, middle school and high school, through home/hospital instruction, and through vocational training placements.
    Special education programs are non-categorical in the sense that each student is placed in the program best suited to deliver the services specified in the student's IEP, regardless of the student's disability. Program placement decisions are made in accordance with the concept of educating students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. That is, we seek to provide appropriate learning environments to the maximum extent possible with non-disabled peers, and within the neighborhood school or as close as possible to his or her neighborhood school. In circumstances where unique needs cannot be met within existing district programs, contracted placements are available in neighboring districts and nonpublic agencies.
    Students may receive special education services if they have a disability as defined by Chapter 391-172A of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC), demonstrate that the disability adversely impacts their educational performance in the general education program, and require specially designed instruction. The eligibility categories include: developmentally delayed, emotionally/behaviorally disabled, health impaired, specific learning disability, orthopedically impaired, speech or language impaired, autism, traumatic brain injury, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, deafness, hearing impaired, visually impaired/blindness.
    A new special education federal regulation (§300.212 Public Information) requires that the Auburn School District “must make available to parents of children with disabilities and to the general public all documents relating to the eligibility of the agency under part B of the Act.” Please contact Debra White at (253) 931-4927 to obtain a copy of our most currently available IDEA-B application.

Referrals for Special Education

  • If you would like to initiate a special education referral, please work with your child's teacher or the school counselor at your child's neighborhood school. They can work to address any disability-related concerns and ensure any needed supports are in place, up to and including a special education evaluation, if necessary. You may reach out to them directly, or may complete an optional referral form and provide it them to help frame your request. Our referral form is available in the following languages:
    For children aged 0 - 3, please contact King County Within Reach Health Hotline, at 1-800-322-2588.
    For children aged 3 - 5, please contact our Student Special Services office, at 253-931-4927.
    For more information about the preschool Child Find process in the Auburn School District, please click here

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