Special Education

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Cambridge-Isanti Schools provides a comprehensive program for students with disabilities. Services are provided to students who range in age from birth through high school, with a few students receiving help until age 21. All services are developed to facilitate each student in reaching his or her potential. Each school site has staff members licensed to provide special education and related services for those students who meet criteria and have special education needs.

Inclusive education between regular and special education allows for the opportunity to learn and develop in an age-appropriate setting. From early intervention to community-based vocational training, students are provided a quality, individualized education program in the least restrictive environment as determined by the law and under the guidelines within the district. Special education teams at each school site work in conjunction with a student’s regular classroom teachers, support staff and parents.

Parents and students are directly involved with school and appropriate outside agency staff in the development of the special education program and the student's Individual Education Plan (IEP) for school-age children, Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children in Early Childhood Special Education, or Individual Interagency Intervention Plan (IIIP) for students getting services from multiple agencies.

Special services for students with a disability may begin at birth or as soon as criteria is met and the need for special education services is determined. Students are eligible for special education services until data and evidence show an IEP can be terminated by the team overseeing the plan. Special education services are also terminated when the student graduates from high school or when the student is 21 years of age. Students remain with their general education peers in the least restrictive environment (LRE) to the extent possible, as determines appropriate.

Special education program evaluation is accomplished through a single strategic plan to improve due process compliance and program results for students with disabilities.

For more information visit the individual school websites:


For more information contact Julie Williams, Director of Student Support Services, 763-689-6196 or jwilliams@c-ischools.org