• Special Services


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    Notice to Parents

    Parents, as we continue to work together to support the education of our students, we want to make sure that you have everything that your child needs to be successful in their learning. Our teachers and staff will continue to reach out to provide any learning materials and assistive technologies that your child might need to support their learning. Please contact your child's school to assist with providing any resources that your child needs as written in their IEP.

    The mission of the Cartwright Special Services Department, through leadership and collaboration with all stakeholders, is to identify implement and evaluate effective educational programs for students requiring special services based on individual strengths and needs. This is accomplished through communication, training and support of professionals and instructional assistants, ensuring implementation and compliance of special services programs.

    To ensure the timely identification of students in need of support, our school staff may screen your child on aspects of your child's functioning such as hearing, vision, academics, language, behavior, social skills, cognition, perception, and/or motor skills. Screening is an informal process of quickly rating skill strengths and weaknesses. Should you have any questions regarding to the screening process, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or Special Services at 623-691-4090.

    Special Education Services
    For Special Education Records call 623-691-3971 or fax 623-691-5924

    Cartwright's well-trained professional special educators effectively serve a broad range of students eligible for special education services through individualized planning and instruction.

    Specialists serving our students with disabilities include special education certified teachers, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, music therapists, teacher specialists, interventionists and instructional assistants trained to serve students, grades Pre K-8 who have at least one of the following conditions: autism spectrum disorder,, developmental delay, emotional disability, hearing impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, mild, moderate or severe intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, multiple disabilities with severe sensory impairment, orthopedic impairment, speech/language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment, as well as preschool moderate delay, preschool severe delay, and preschool speech/language delay. Students must meet eligibility requirements to enroll in a Special Education program.

    The Special Services department also includes professionals who specialize in working with students that may need related services. Related services may include speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and/or assistive technology.

    The goal of Special Education is to help students become independent learners, to teach learning strategies to prepare them to be successful in their regular classes, and to prepare them for high school and post-secondary experiences. This goal will be achieved through a partnership between student, home and school.

    Governing Board Policy IHB-R Special Instructional Programs

    Policy IHB-R: Special Instructional Programs is our Governing Board Policy that provides guidance for our practices in identifying and placing students qualifying to receive special education services. We encourage you to read through Governing Board Policy IHB-R: to support your understanding of identification and placement practices and your rights as a parent in the participation and decision-making of implementing education practices to meet your child’s needs. If you have any questions or comments related to this policy, please feel free to contact Dr. Juan Medrano at [email protected] or via phone at 623-691-4087 at any time.

    The policy can be viewed here.