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Special Education

The La Center School District recognizes that students whose disabilities adversely impact educational performance and who require specially designed instruction can improve their educational performance when they receive special education and related services tailored to fit their needs. The district adopts the state’s full educational opportunity goal to provide students in need of special education services with a free appropriate public education. Special education programs for eligible students will be an integral part of the general educational programs of this district, and will be operated in compliance with federal and state requirements governing special education. The district will provide a continuum of placement options, which may include services within and outside the district depending on the student’s needs.

If you need further information or assistance please contact:

Heidi Bengaard (, Secretary to the Director of Special Education, 360-263-2131. ext. 2136

Carrie Lindsey (, Student Services Director, 360-263-2131, ext. 2137

District Policy 2161 — Special Education & Related Services for Eligible Students (Policy)

District Policy 2161P — Special Education & Related Services for Eligible Students (Procedure)

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) offers a comprehensive overview of special education procedures and processes for students and families including referrals, eligibility, evaluations and  transitions.