Welcome to Special Education
An important goal of the Granite Falls School District is to assist each student to achieve their full potential and be successful. Some students face certain learning, physical, emotional, and developmental challenges that interfere with their educational progress and achievement. Often these challenges are such that the students cannot overcome them without special attention and support.
To qualify for special education the following criteria must be met:
The student must have a disability.
The disability must have a significant negative impact on the student's education.
The impact can only be addressed through specially designed education.
How to get services
If your child is struggling, speak to your child's teacher or contact the building principal. The district has many resources to help students before turning to special education. Families who wish to investigate whether their child would qualify for special education services should contact a school counselor for a confidential consultation.
In addition to specially trained teachers, the district has many highly trained support staff to work with families to help students be successful.
Each school has a part-time psychologist who is trained in the fields of psychology and education to help students reach their full potential as students and as people. Psychologists are available to help all students make the most from their educational experiences. If you have a concern about your child, call your school psychologist.
Occupational Therapists can help students who have difficulty with activities such as drawing, writing, arts and crafts, recess, PE, and other daily life activities. If you have a concern about your child's fine or gross motor skills, contact your child's teacher or the building principal.
Physical Therapists address how a child's physical functioning impacts learning, mobility, accessibility, and safety within the educational environment. If you have a concern about your child's motor development, contact your child's teacher or the building principal.
Speech Specialists work with children whose speech, language development, or hearing loss is impacting their learning. If you have a concern about your child's speech, contact your child's teacher or the building principal.
Granite Falls School District partners with Lake Stevens School District to provide an 18 to 21 Transition Program. This program is for students with disabilities aged 18-21 who have completed the high school program and are in need of services to help transition from public school to adult life. The program is located in Lake Stevens. For more information about these programs, contact the Director of Special Education and Student Services, 360-691-7717.