In the Chandler Unified School District, we believe all students can learn! Some students may need more supports and services than others, but providing students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens is our mission for ALL students. For students with disabilities eligible to receive specialized instruction and related services, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, which includes the student and parent/guardian, uses data to help determine the level and types of supports and services a student might need. It is always important to remember that special education is a service, not a “place.” The IEP Team considers the unique individual strengths, needs, and post-secondary goals (for students age 16 and older) when determining the appropriate service needs of each student.
CUSD provides a continuum of services to students, along with a variety of service delivery options. Teams must always begin program planning with the belief and expectation that students receive services in the general education setting. Data is used to identify if a student needs more intensive instruction as teams review options along the continuum of the least restrictive environment. A variety of options are considered as teams review reasonable accommodations and/or modifications, supplementary aids and services, and/or assistive technology in general education classes. In addition, related services are available, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, transportation, and counseling, if the IEP Team determines any to be appropriate.
Our Vision in the Chandler Unified School District as a safe, disciplined and productive environment where students and adults are meaningfully engaged in learning applies to all of our students, from our youngest learners in preschool to our young adult learners in our high school programs. We value our partnerships with parents, students and community stakeholders. Your input is important. Please feel free to contact our department with any questions, concerns and/or celebrations you may want to share.
Thank you for choosing Chandler Unified!
Kymberly A. Marshall, Ed.D.
Chandler Unified School District