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Office of Special Education

Services for students with disabilities
from birth through age 21


Services          

MCPS Special Education Services - Birth to 21 Overview

Services are provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE), in the home school to the maximum extent possible. Services are implemented in a continuum of settings ranging from the general education environment, special class placements, public and private day schools, and residential day settings. The Department of Special Education Services (DSES) is initiating parent-to-parent supports for parents/guardians who are entering the IEP process for the first time by providing quarterly cluster special education workshops held in their communities. 

In order to improve the academic performance and achievement of students with disabilities, the DSES ensures access to Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) curricula and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).  DSES is responsible for the implementation of Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Education Programs, monitors access to rigorous high-quality instruction for students with disabilities, offers a broad range of early intervention services, and supports the development of appropriate skills to prepare students for postsecondary opportunities upon attaining a high school diploma or Maryland High School Certificate of Completion to access the pathways to college and workforce readiness.

 

Services by Location

  • Use the School Assignment Tool to locate your child's Home School
  • Identify the following Special Education services listed by Home School


Birth to 21 Overview:

Services by Age Group

services for all ages

All Age Groups

birth to 3

Birth to 3

 

preschool

Early Childhood Ages 3-5

elementary

K-12/Elementary Secondary

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Related Services