What’s Next for Parents
The school district identifies students who need the special education and related services offered by Spectrum Center.
The student’s IEP team determines if Spectrum Center is the appropriate placement. Students eligible to attend Spectrum Center must have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP) stating their academic, social, and emotional needs can be met at a non-public school (NPS).
Step 1: The Referral
Spectrum Center Schools must receive a referral from a student’s school district prior to meeting with prospective students and families. Once the referral is received via email or phone call, the Program Director will arrange a tour of the Spectrum Center campus with the District representative and the family.
Step 2: Admission Decision & Process
The Program Director will contact each student and family to provide an overview of the Spectrum program and schedule a site tour at the campus with the campus director. The site tour is an important step for families and Spectrum Center to determine if the program is an educational fit for the student’s needs. Our school calendar does include extended school year (ESY) days. Students may enroll in Spectrum Center at any time throughout the year, including during ESY.
Step 3: Required Documents
The district provides Spectrum Center a copy of each student’s current, updated IEP and transcripts for office records upon referral or placement into the Program. In addition, the district must provide the most recent psychoeducational assessment report. Please include the last FBA report, and Behavior Plan if applicable.
Step 4: Enrollment Paperwork
Parents must complete the enrollment paperwork within the first week of enrollment. Spectrum Center updates IEP goals quarterly or upon the frequency indicated in the IEP.
Your Next Actions:
- Contact your school district for approval or request an IEP meeting to discuss placement.
- After the district, approval ask the district representative to contact the Program Director of the Spectrum Center school closest to you.
- Schedule a Spectrum Center tour with a district representative.
- Meet the staff, tour the facility and discuss how we can customize our programs and services to meet the unique needs of your child.
- Before the student enrolls in Spectrum, an academic skills assessment is performed to develop the student’s individual education program (IEP).
- Make your decision. Both the parents and school district administrators decide whether to enroll a student in Spectrum based on the plans developed through the IEP process.
Once the decision has been made to enroll the student, we facilitate placement quickly.
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If you would like more information about enrolling a student with special needs, please contact the Program Director at the preferred Spectrum Center campus.