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Special Education

Students making paper crafts.
Students making paper crafts.


What is Special Education?

Ferndale School District’s Special Education Programs serve students with disabilities birth through age 21. We offer a variety of programs that serve each of our students according to their needs, strengths and goals.  Our purpose is to support the development of skills, talents and passions so that each student can thrive in their educational path and beyond to reach  their college, community and life long goals. A student may qualify for services in one of the areas as identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


Getting Started

Ferndale School District participates in “childfind” – awareness and screening activities for the purpose of locating, identifying and evaluating children who are suspected of having disabilities and who may be in need of special education services. A student may also be referred for a special education evaluation by any source, including parents. The referral is to be made in writing and submitted to the building principal or designee. 

The Special Education Process

  1. Referral and Identification
  2. Assessment
  3. Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Ferndale’s Special Education Programs

Our district has a variety of programs to support families of students with special needs: