Special Education


The Ellwood City Area School District is a caring and educational community that is sensitive to individual differences and provides a continuum of services and programs for grades K-12 to ensure the unique individual needs of the students are met, preparing them to reach their potential and to become responsible contributors to society. The District supports an inclusive rationale that recognizes students’ individual learning differences, strengths and/or needs and provides a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all exceptional students according to federal, state, and district policy.

Ellwood City Area School District offers a comprehensive program of services for all identified exceptional children. Programs for students requiring learning support, emotional support, autistic support, life skills support, multiple disabilities support, speech and language support or gifted support are district operated.  For students identified as requiring vision support, hearing support programs are provided by the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV in the Ellwood City Area School District buildings.  Depending on the student’s needs, services may be provided within the district or the student may be transported to another district.

The Ellwood City Area School District professional staff constantly strives to improve the quality of the curriculum and instruction presented to our students. The District is proud of the co-teaching model that has been incorporated and promotes the least restrictive environment in order to educate as many special education students within our district as possible.

The District, in conjunction with Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and other contracted services and agencies, provides services for children identified as having special needs.  Parents of a child recommended for special education are involved throughout the screening and evaluation process, as well as in the development of an individualized education program (IEP) for their child.   In all facets of the Special Education Program, we encourage you, the parent, to participate in team meetings, to assist with the development of goals for your child and to be included in decisions regarding your child’s programming.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Special Education Department. We want to provide the best possible education for your children to prepare them for the future. We can make a difference by working together, accepting, believing, and caring, because every child is a special child.


State Performance Plan Report

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004), states must report annually to the public on the performance of each LEA in the Commonwealth on the targets established in the State Performance Plan (SPP).  LEA performance on the following SPP indicators for school age students with disabilities, include, Graduation Rates, Drop-out Rates, Participation and Performance on Statewide Assessments, Suspension Rates, Educational Environments, School-Facilitated Parent Involvement, Disproportionate Representation by Categories, Timelines for Initial Evaluation, IEP Secondary Transition Goals and Services and Post-School Outcomes.  The reports are now posted and available for public review at the following address: http://penndata.hbg.psu.edu/