Special Education is the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve the greatest possible personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community.
The Bentworth School District operates a comprehensive continuum of services for special needs students. The majority of identified exceptional children are serviced in their home school. Types of services available include: Learning Support, which is primarily for students with academic learning needs; Life Skills Support, which focuses primarily on the need for independent living skills; Emotional Support, which addresses social and emotional difficulties; Multiple Disabilities Support, which is for students with more than one disability; Physical Support for students whose need is the result of a physical disability; Autistic Support for those students diagnosed with Autism and/or Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Speech and Language Support, which is for students who have articulation and/or expressive/receptive language difficulties; Hearing Support for students who are hearing impaired/deaf; Vision Support, which is for students who are blind or visually impaired and Chapter 16 Gifted Support for those students identified as mentally gifted. The small number of students whose needs cannot be accommodated in the public school setting can receive services in an approved private school or other licensed facility at school district expense. No such placement is made without an IEP meeting and parental agreement.