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Student Special Services
502 4th Street Northeast, Auburn, WA 98002
Auburn students with disabilities, age three to 21, may receive special education and related services in each elementary school, middle school and high school, and through home/hospital instruction. In addition, services for some students may be contracted for and provided by other school districts or approved outside agencies through inter-local service agreements.
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. Each student has access to an appropriate learning environment and an opportunity for education with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate within his or her neighborhood school or as close as possible to his or her neighborhood school. More supportive program options are offered in neighboring districts with whom the Auburn School District contracts with for students whose needs extend beyond available district services.
Students may receive special education services if they meet one or more of the eligibility criteria for students with disabilities 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.
Other programs available:
- Community Lab: This program is offered to special needs high school students and involves combining academic and community work experiences. It is designed to prepare students for vocational training or entry into the world of work.