Continuum of Special Education Programs & Services

  • The Grosse Pointe Public School System, through the Department of Student Services, offers a full continuum of special education programs and services to eligible students. Eligibility is based on meeting specific criteria, through a formal evaluation, for one or more disabilities and a determination of whether or not special education is necessary for the child to benefit from the educational program.  Despite the law requiring a student to have a disability label, the label does not determine the individual programs, services or placement for the student.  The individual education planning (IEP) team, including the parent, will establish the appropriate programs and services for the student.

    A wide range of related services is available to meet the individual needs of eligible students. These include speech & language therapy, school social work services, occupational and physical therapy, and teacher consultant services. Transition plans are developed for all eligible students beginning at age 16 or younger if appropriate.  Functional Behavior Assessments are conducted for students at all levels whose behavior impedes their own learning or the learning of others, and Behavior Intervention Plans are developed as necessary by the IEP Team. Appropriate related services are identified through the IEP process.

    The Grosse Pointe Schools believe in providing services in the least restrictive environment (LRE) appropriate for each student. This means that whenever possible, the student will attend their neighborhood school and be educated in the general education classroom with his or her peers. Special education services are then provided in instructional areas directly impacted by the disability.  Only when necessary to meet a student’s unique educational needs and goals will consideration be given to providing services in other locations. A small number of our students need more intensive, specially designed instructional programs throughout much or all of the school day. These programs are available at designated schools within our district and other schools in Wayne County.

    Lillie Loder
    Executive Director of Student Services