Special Education

Lake Elmo Elementary School teachers and staff work with many students with a variety of special education needs. These needs include: vision, hearing, speech and language, emotional and behavioral disorders, specific learning disabilities, fine and gross motor delays, developmental delays, autism, and physical or other health impairments.

Students who qualify to receive special education services have been assessed using procedures and criteria defined by federal and state law. These assessment procedures consist of several steps as well as continuous parent involvement. A team consisting of specialists, classroom teachers, special education teachers, and parents work closely together to help special education students attain specific educational goals.

At Lake Elmo Elementary School, special education students are taught in the 'least restrictive environment', which means that they remain in their general education classrooms with same-aged peers as much as they can tolerate and is deemed appropriate for each individual student.