Central Dauphin School District provides a variety of programs to students who meet the criteria to be identified as eligible and then in need of special education and related services. Eligibility is determined through an evaluation conducted by a Multidisciplinary Evaluation Team (MDT). This team prepares an Evaluation Report (ER) which is based on a student's strengths and needs as shown by educational performance levels, rate of acquisition and retention, interpretation of assessment results, classroom observations and information from parents and teachers.
If the Multidisciplinary Evaluation recommends the student is eligible and in need of special education services, the Individual Education Program (IEP) team determines the need of specially designed instruction, an IEP is written. The IEP is a written plan that describes the student's present levels of functioning, goals and objectives, specially designed instruction and resources necessary for the student to experience success within the educational environment. If a student is not eligible for IEP, the team must still make recommendations.
Central Dauphin School District provides all special education students a Free Appropriate Public Education. Special Education will be provided in accordance with the District's Special Education Plan as submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
The focus of the emotional support educational program is to address emotional needs, communication, socialization, behavior, and academics. Class routines and daily activities engage the students in meaningful opportunities to grow in effective skills which enable the student to better understand and adapt his/her behaviors. Emphasis is placed on effective social and emotional growth as well as academic skills.