Student Special Services

Student Services

A variety of support services are available to students who have specific learning needs. To learn more about these programs and services, talk with your student's teacher, the school counselor, principal, or contact the Student Services program that applies. 

Counseling: The elementary, middle, and high schools each have a counselor. Counseling services include personal/social needs, academic guidance and career planning. Partnerships with community mental health agencies also assist in providing services to students.

Early Entrance: If you are requesting that your child enter kindergarten or first grade before he/she reaches the legal age of entry, you must schedule an appointment with the elementary principal as soon as possible. The principal will provide you with information on the district’s early entrance policy, fees, and process. An early entrance request must be received in writing by May 15th for an evaluation to be scheduled.  Early entrance admittance for qualified children is on a space available basis.

ELL (English Language Learners): This program provides assistance for students K-12 whose home language is not English and where the student qualifies based on an English language assessment. The focus in this program is to gain skill in the English language.

Gifted/Highly Capable: The gifted/highly capable program used for the district is called Challenge.  The program emphasis is on mathematics and language arts and is offered to students K-12 who have been nominated to participate.  At the elementary level students in Challenge may participate in “walk to” math or reading classes.  Additionally, there is an after school program that enhances the student’s regular academic learning while focusing on STEM design process’.  For middle and high school students the program works on Future Problem Solving (FPS).  7th and 8th grade students participate in FPS as an elective course while 9-12th grade students meet once per week as an extra-curricular activity.

The middle and high schools also offer honors opportunities and in the high school there are Advanced Placement classes in math and language arts.  College in the High School and Running Start are also offered for high school students.

Homeless: The district follows the federal McKinney-Vento Act to ensure that students identified as homeless are enrolled in school and receive the appropriate support. For more information visit the OSPI website.  School office staff can answer questions, or the district homeless liaison can be contacted at (509) 649-4945.

A parent in disagreement with a homeless decision should follow the Homeless Dispute Resolution Process. The process is linked below:

LAP (Learning Assistance Program): LAP is a state funded program for students struggling in basic skills such as reading and math. For 11th and 12th graders, LAP can provide support for students at risk of not graduating. The level of funding received from the state determines the schools with LAP programs, and each site determines the skill areas to address for students.

Section 504: Students with disabilities that substantially impact learning may be eligible for related services and accommodations. A parent may request an evaluation to determine if their child is eligible.

Special Education: Special Education serves eligible students ages 3-21 with identified disabilities and needing specialized instruction as outlined in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). If a disability is suspected to have an adverse impact on educational progress, an evaluation can be requested.

Special Education Childfind: Evaluations are provided at no cost to students suspected of having a developmental delay (ages 3-8) or are suspected to have a disability impacting learning. A parent suspecting a disability for their child can request in writing an evaluation.

Title I: Title I is a federally funded program for students struggling in basic skills such as reading and math. The level of funding received from the federal government determines the schools with Title I programs, and each site determines the skill areas to address for students.

Transition Services: Assisting students ages eighteen to twenty one with developmental disabilities to become as independent as possible at home, at work, and in the community.

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