Celebrate National Special Education Day!
Thu, Dec 1 3:39pm

North Beach Elementary
Special Education Book Drive!


Help us celebrate  Special Education Day on December 2nd by filling North Beach’s classrooms with books that represent all our
North Beach Seals!

Donate Books Here

Please help support our fantastic Teachers, IAs, Occupational Therapists, Speech Therapists, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Teachers, English Language Learner Teachers, Counselors, amazing Special Educators, Staff, and students by purchasing books from the North beach Elementary PTA’s Amazon Smile Wish List!

Did you know one out of five people in the U.S. has a disability? Special Education Day is celebrated on December 2 to commemorate the signing of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act into law on this day in 1975 (IDEA). IDEA granted access to children with special needs to free and quality public education.

Let’s learn about others and inspire our students. An open discussion about disabilities with all students reduces harassment and bullying and helps keep students with disabilities in school. Diverse and inclusive communities benefit everyone. Our special education programs are a tremendous asset and opportunity for our school community as a whole.

A Guide to Special Education in Seattle Schools 

Una guía para la educación especial en las escuelas públicas de Seattle

What do Special Education Services look like at North Beach?

  • Developmental Preschool
  • Resource Room
  • Access
  • Focus

With exception of the preschool program all students are assigned to a general education classroom. North Beach Special Education Staff (with exception of Preschool staff for the most part) has pooled all the Para-educators/IAs so that they have increased flexibility and are able to best meet student needs within classroom schedules. 

Developmental Preschool
Where: Room 2     
What: Program designed for 3-5 years old provide high quality early childhood environments where activities are designed by Special Education Teachers and Therapists to meet the individual developmental needs of students. Preschool sessions run morning and afternoon M, T,Th,F . Currently serves approximately 10 Students and typically grows throughout the year as students turn 3 and/or are identified through Childfind.

Resource Room (offered at all SPS schools)
Where:  Rm 13
What:  Students spend the majority of their school day in general education classrooms, receiving specialized instruction per IEP either within general education classroom (push in), or individual and/or small group instruction (pull out).  Examples of curriculum that may be used: Linguistic Remedies, Michelle Garcia Winner Curriculum, and SuperFlex.  Currently serves approximately 21 students but can fluctuate.

Where: Rm 12
What:  More intensive instruction; students spend majority of day in in general education classroom with support as needed, may receive some instruction in smaller group learning environment, modifications or use of alternative curricula utilized as appropriate but varies per IEP.  Currently serves 13 students.

Where: Rooms 1 and 14
What: Participation in the general education curriculum at present level of performance but varies per IEP. Majority of instruction provided in small group learning environment with modifications or use of alternative curricula as appropriate but varies per IEP.  Currently serves 17 students.


Lexicon of Terms and Acronyms

Individual Education Plan (IEP):  a plan or program developed to ensure that a child who has a disability identified under the law and is attending an elementary or secondary educational institution receives specialized instruction and related services.  The IEP has statement(s) of present levels of performance as well as annual goals and objectives.  Reviewed annually.
Areas of Qualification for Specialized Services:
Cognitive/Academic- primary service provider Special Education Teacher
Social-Emotional-primary service provider Special Education Teacher
Adaptive/Life Skills: primary service provider Special Education Teacher
Speech &; Language: primary service provider Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
Occupational Therapy:  primary service provider Occupational Therapist (OT)
Physical Therapy:  primary service provider Physical Therapist (PT)

504 Plan: A student's 504 plan specifies accommodations, which are adaptations and modifications that will help the student be successful academically and in the classroom.  Reviewed periodically.
​Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA):  In the U.S. is a special education law that mandates regulation for students with disabilities in order to protect their rights as students and the rights of their parents. 
Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE):  A cornerstone of IDEA, our nation's special education law, is that each eligible child with a disability is entitled to a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet the child's unique needs.
Least Restrictive Environment (LRE): The least restrictive environment clause states that students with disabilities should be educated with students without disabilities to the maximum appropriate extent.   Schools and public agencies are required to have a continuum of alternative placements for students with disabilities.
Para Professional (Para Pro) and Instructional Assistant (IA): Support staff who under direction of special education teacher assist with instruction, implement behavior support systems, assist with progress monitoring (e.g. data collection). May work with students in small group or in larger classroom environment. 
INCLUSION in education refers to a model and philosophy wherein special needs students are active members and participants in the school community. They may spend most or some of their school day with general education students with support as needed. Inclusive models may still provide for the use of small group settings to support students with disabilities and best meet individual needs.

Food for Thought

  • “People First” Language.  (students with special needs vs. special ed students;
    child with autism vs. autistic child)
  • Disability is a form of Diversity
  • Embrace and Celebrate our differences (not just Tolerate or Accept)

Benefits of Inclusive Educational Settings for All:
Studies show that all students can benefit from the resources available in an inclusive educational settings.  The special education teacher and/or instructional assistants may help all students in an inclusive classroom, not just special education students.  Students participating in successful inclusive educational settings have reported or demonstrated increased empathy and respect for others as well as greater appreciation and awareness of individual differences

Do you have concerns regarding your child's development? 
Make your concerns known to your child's teacher and possibly pediatrician Listen to your instincts- You know your child best.
Some of the following may be considered to determine eligibility:  Parent information and reports, teacher information and assessments, screenings and/or evaluations conducted by school psychologist or related service provider  Diagnosis and/or a qualification for special services does not change who your child is. Services and resources are intended to support you and your child
Child Find, an IDEA mandate, seeks to locate all children with disabilities who would benefit from public services. They provide an initial referral point for children not enrolled in Seattle Public Schools. If you suspect a child has a disability, they are over the age of three, and are not currently enrolled in SPS you may contact Child Find for a screening or referral at: 206-252-0805