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Special Class Services

Special Class Services

Special Class Services, also called “self-contained,” are services provided for children with disabilities who are grouped together in a classroom on a full-time or part-time basis. They serve children whose needs cannot be met in the general education classroom environment, even with Special Education Teacher Support Services, Related Services or participation in an integrated co-teaching class.

In a Special Class setting, students must be grouped by similarity of educational needs. The group can contain students with the same disability or with different disabilities as long as they have similar levels of academic achievement and common learning characteristics, management needs, levels of social development and physical development.

These classes may have from 6 to 15 students with one special education teacher and up to four paraprofessionals. If your child requires more intensive and constant adult supervision in order to learn, he or she will be recommended for a more intensive student-to-­staff ratio. This ratio should be clearly stated in his or her IEP.