Special Education Services
The Department of Student Success, which manages special education services, serves students, teachers, and parents of Jefferson County. The department also includes Gifted & Talented, Career & Technical Education, Student Services, Health Services/Homebound Instruction. You can learn more about the district's special education programs below.
This programming located in each school assists the student in developing skills and learning behaviors which enable him/her to benefit from the general education program. Special education services are provided in a variety of ways: direct instruction, co-teaching, consultation, and materials modification as identified on the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Read about Section 504 the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Congress’s directive to schools receiving any federal funding to eliminate discrimination based on disability from all aspects of school operation.Significant Support Needs (Challenge Programs)—Grades K-12
These programs offer special education and related services for students with severe developmental delays in multiple areas, such as cognitive, speech/language, motor delays. Instruction focuses on the individual educational needs of the student guided by Expanded Benchmarks and Access skills as a foundation to the students’ IEP goals and objectives. These programs are geographically located within neighborhood schools throughout the district.Significant Emotional Disorders (SIED)
This programming is for students who may have a significant identifiable emotional disorder that affects their ability to function within a general school environment or access the general curriculum and whose academic achievement is hindered by pervasive behavioral or emotional problems. Social/emotional services are offered in a continuum of environments ranging from full access to the general education classroom to a self contained class; placement is based upon individual student need as determined by the student’s IEP.Autism
Programs designed to meet the educational needs of children with autism provide a structured teaching approach to learning. As with any student qualifying for special education services, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) will direct the program. Special attention is paid to skills in the following domains: communication, social, academic, daily living, independence, sensory motor, and vocational. Services to students with autism are offered in a continuum of environments ranging from full access to the general education classroom to a self-contained class; placement is based upon individual student need. Intensive early intervention is a priority.
Jeffco Transition Services
Jeffco Transition Services (JTS) is an optional program for young adults with special needs who are 18-21 years of age and who have completed their high school education.
JTS provides learning experiences which are designed to assist youth in transitioning from high school student to adult. Read more.
The Lighthouse Program
The Lighthouse Program, located a Fletcher Miller School, is designed for school-age severe developmentally-delayed students with significant behavioral problems. For more information, call 303-982-7200.
Fletcher Miller School
The mission of Fletcher Miller School is to provide interactive and interdisciplinary approaches to academics while meeting individual needs in the areas of medical, physical, social/emotional, and communication supports in order to successfully transition each student in special education to his/her least restrictive environment. For more information, call 303-982-7200.
Sobesky Academy is part of the Jefferson County Public Schools Special Education continuum. This program is an alternative to out-of-district placement, and is designed to meet the intensive emotional, behavioral, and related academic needs of students with identified emotional disabilities. For more information, call 303-982-5995.
The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) provides the executive director and directors of the Special Education Department with a parental and community perspective regarding needs of students receiving special education. Please see the Committee's Web page for special announcements.
Child Find (Birth to 5)
Child Find provides free developmental assessments for young children from birth to 5 years of age for whom there may be concerns. Child Find can help families determine if their child is eligible for special education services in the areas of learning, speech, language, motor skills, and social/emotional needs. The Child Find program is a free resource for families who live in Jefferson County. To schedule an appointment, contact Child Find at the number listed under Contact Information, below.
Early Childhood Special Education Services
A continuum of preschool programming is provided to meet the needs of children ages 3 through 5. Children identified with special needs can receive special education and related services at 34 district preschool sites in an integrated service delivery model. For children who need more intensive services in a smaller classroom setting, there are a number of classrooms available across the district. Children who require multiple supports, including medical needs, may receive services in preschool classrooms at Miller Special school.
Families moving into the district with an IEP for their preschool child should contact the Child Find intake number, listed in the Contact Information below, for assistance with a preschool program.Deaf/Hard of Hearing
This programming serves students Preschool through 12th grade with hearing loss and whose needs require intensive services by teachers of the deaf/hard of hearing, audiologists, speech/language therapists and mental health staff. Educational interpreters and tutor-notetakers are available to support student learning.
Services are provided at neighborhood schools and at center programs which are located at Fletcher Miller, Vivian Elementary, Maple Grove Elementary, Everitt Middle School and Wheat Ridge High School.
Rocky Mountain Deaf School
The Rocky Mountain Deaf School is a Jeffco Charter School. The Mission of the Rocky Mountain Deaf School is to provide Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children, preschool through eighth grade, a publicly funded bilingual education that promotes academic excellence, full proficiency in ASL and English literacy, and that supports the home/school connection by offering a "Deaf friendly" environment that includes the RMDS personnel, the RMDS Board, parents, and the Deaf community.
- Special Education Information/Student Success
- Child Find Intake Information
- Rocky Mountain Deaf School