The Montclair Public Schools believe that all children have a fundamental right to an education appropriate to their needs.
The School District is committed to providing educational programs and services that will support meaningful educational progress for each student with special needs. The goal for students with special needs is the same as for all students, as stated in the District’s Mission Statement: “…that students will be prepared to contribute meaningfully to the ever-changing global society.” The District supports the education of students with disabilities with students who are non-disabled to the maximum extent appropriate, as determined by an IEP team, which includes the parent(s) and student. The District recognizes that this approach benefits the entire educational community. The District is committed to implementing best practices and innovative approaches to provide a broad and flexible range of program options.
The District recognizes that there are students whose needs cannot be met with the available range of in-district program options. When this occurs, the District works closely with other public school districts and private schools to provide needed services.
The District also recognizes that parents play a primary role in their child’s education. The District will foster, maintain, and further develop positive working relationships with parents, organizations and/or parent groups who advocate for students with special needs.
All students with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services, including students with disabilities attending nonpublic schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, are located, identified and evaluated according to N.J.A.C. 6A:14.
An individualized education program is developed, reviewed and revised when appropriate. Students with disabilities are educated in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent appropriate with their non-disabled peers. Students identified as disabled are eligible for services beginning at age three.
There are various levels and types of services offered within all of the Montclair Public Schools. For additional information, please contact your building child study team or call the Department of Pupil Services at 973-509-4022 or see the "Parental Rights in Special Education" for detailed information.
Montclair Special Education Parent Advisory Council
A group of parents, professionals and concerned community members who meet monthly with the administrators of Montclair’s Special Education Programs to share information and ideas, raise and resolve concerns, and ensure that issues affecting children with special needs are given the attention they deserve.
The Parent Advisory Council’s (PAC) goals are to improve the instructional process for children classified for Special Education and Related Services and to promote the inclusion of children with special needs, with the necessary supports, within their schools and the community at large. We encourage following “best practices” in the identification and evaluation of students with special needs and in the provision of special education services. The PAC seeks to keep parents informed and involved in their children’s education by providing an arena to address policy issues and problems related to their children’s education; by providing topical workshops that address identified problems and by encouraging innovative educational practices. We welcome community members and professionals to participate, to share information about innovative programs or techniques they are using and to raise issues or problems for the PAC to address.
For questions, or to be added to our confidential email list, please contact MontclairSEPAC@gmail.com