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Each Academy District 20 school provides programs and services to students with disabilities, with the goal of ensuring they receive an education that meets their individual needs. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires public schools to provide free and appropriate public education to eligible students with disabilities.

Academy District 20 believes all students, regardless of disability, should be supported and encouraged to reach their potential. We offer a continuum of services and alternative placements (PK-12) that provide students with specialized instruction, while also minimizing the impacts of their disability.

Special Education staff meet state standards for licensed teachers and/or special service providers through the Colorado Department of Education.  

Inclusion at Academy District 20

Inclusion is a child-centered, collaborative process that focuses on the unique needs of each student as an equally valued member of the school community. Inclusion gives each student authentic access to the standards driven curriculum and social community through meaningful instruction and interaction supported by the intentional allocation of time and resources.

This includes the practice of educating all students together to the maximum extent appropriate with the long-range goal of independence, and participation in and contribution to the community.