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* Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) special program
** Offers Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) & Gifted Academy special programs
*** Offers Adult Education program

Special Education

The purpose of special education is to provide equal access to education for children ages birth through 21 years old by providing specialized services that will lead to school success.

Rockford Public Schools is committed to including students with disabilities to the maximum extent appropriate with students who are not disabled. We encourage strong collaboration with regular education staff to provide services to students in the most inclusive manner to benefit all students in the classroom. 

We work to meet the individual needs of students. Special Education services range from academic intervention to related services in areas such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy. Therapeutic services are available to students who require intervention in the realm of social, emotional and adjustment areas.

Beyond providing specialized instruction and related services to eligible students, we are also responsible for actively seeking out and identifying all children from birth through age 21 within the district who may be eligible for special education and related services.

If you, your child’s health care provider, teacher or someone else suspects that your child may benefit from special education services, we encourage you to follow the Special Education Process below.

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process