Special Education

Bunnell High School Special Education Department

The primary goal of the Special Education Department is to provide consultation, support, and services to any child identified in need in an effort to keep that child academically, socially, and behaviorally successful in the general education environment. These collaborative supports are provided through direct and indirect pre-intervention services. Only after an array of regular education interventions is exhausted do the schools consider special education intervention. If a child is identified as having a disability, as defined by Federal and/or State law, and that disability impacts on the child's ability to benefit from their education, this child may receive special education instruction and/or services. Each disabled child receiving special education service is provided with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which is a written plan developed by the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) that describes the educational programming designed for a child needing special education instruction and/or related services in the least restrictive environment (LRE). To reach this goal, Stratford offers a continuum of services including regular and special education collaborative teaching models allowing the student with exceptionalities to remain in the inclusionary environment. For further information please call Special Education at (203) 385-4225 or call the pupil services/special education team at each school within the district.

The Procedural Safeguards for Parents of Children in Special Education also provides information regarding special education procedures and parent/guardian rights. If you need additional information or would like to speak to someone about these safeguards, please contact Bunnell High School or the Department of Pupil Personnel Services at (203) 385-4225. Click here to access the Procedural Safeguards or Procedural Safeguards-Spanish.

Parents who would like to access additional information about special education procedures, programs and services are referred to the Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, State Education Resource Center (SERC).

What Should the Special Education Graduate Be?

Stratford School students with disabilities will be graduated with core academic skills and function at a level commensurate with their abilities. They will be able to apply compensatory strategies in such areas as organization, time management, and communication. They will be effective problem-solvers, decision-makers, and positive contributors to society. Students will practice self-advocacy with an awareness of their strengths and limitations. Stratford School graduates will be capable of functioning in a diverse society!

Stratford School District Special Education Resources