Special Education

Perpich Arts High School provides a comprehensive program for students with disabilities.

Our special education teacher offers intervention supports, evaluations and special education instruction. These services may be provided in the classroom, through one-on-one support and instruction or in small groups.

What is special education?

Special education is instruction specific to the child at no cost to parents. The instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Children must meet specific criteria set by the state of Minnesota and the federal government to receive special education services. Special education is an instructional service, not a place.

Special education process
Identification and referral

The special education process begins with identifying learners ages birth to 21 who are eligible for special services and in need of specialized instruction.


Formal and informal measures are used to determine the learner’s strengths and areas of need. Parent permission is required to start the Initial assessment and evaluation process. The parents/guardians are invited to meet with special education staff to determine the areas of assessment and eligibility.


During this phase, the learner’s needs are determined and, together with the family, a plan is written to meet those needs. The underlying principle is a free and appropriate public education provided in the least restrictive environment. This may be in a mainstream classroom or a resource room. These decisions are discussed in a collaborative planning meeting.

Good communication from the beginning

Because most of the special education students accepted into Perpich have already received an evaluation and have an individual education plan in place, it is helpful if the families of these students send a copy of the learning plan to Perpich after the student is accepted to attend. The home school usually sends the plan to Perpich, but to have the family follow up to make sure that has happened allows our special education staff to be fully prepared to help your student from the first day of classes in the fall.

Parental rights

Procedural Safeguards Notices, also referred to as Parental Rights, give general guidance regarding special education rights afforded to parents of children with special education needs. These rights are provided to parents under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Procedural Safeguards Notice: Part B provides an overview of parental rights for parents of children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.