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Special EducationThe Johnston Community School District special education department serves approximately 483 resident students and 122 non-resident students throughout the school year. A range of special education services designed to meet the individual needs of all students are provided in each building as well as an early childhood preschool program.

How are students identified as needing special education services?

Before being placed in special education, a Building Assistance Team assists regular classroom teachers in meeting individual needs. A problem-solving approach is used in designing Parental Rights Summary Arabic interventions to use in the general education classroom before there is any consideration of a special education placement. The Building Assistance Team assists the general education classroom in designing and monitoring the interventions.

Read the 2012 Special Education Service Delivery Plan

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Any child with a disability who requires special education has the right to a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. It’s critical for parents to understand their rights as a part of this. Parents should receive a copy of the Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents (Parental Rights in Special Education) at least once a year.

Read the Parental Rights Summary

Read the Procedural Safeguards Manual for Parents

Parental Rights Summary in other languages (provided by Heartland AEA)

Beyond the classroom: Residential facilities

Two residential facilities are located within the Johnston School District. ChildServe is a facility for children with multiple disabilities. The Youth Homes of Mid-America is a residential facility for young men ranging in ages from 11 to 18. Students from both facilities may receive educational services in our school system, either in classes on their campus or within a school building. These facilities bring students from all over the state to the district, creating an enriching environment for all learners.

Learn more about ChildServe

Learn more about Youth Homes of Mid-America


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Director of Special Education
Administrative Resource Center