ESS Special Education & Services

Special Education and Services for Special Populations at Excel Academy 

Like all charter schools, Excel Academy is a public school.  Excel Academy serves students with disabilities and English Learners and provides services to students as required by state and federal law. Charter schools are subject to all federal and state laws and constitutional provisions prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, ancestry, need for special education services, and certain other grounds. Laws applicable to students with disabilities include the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Under IDEA, students with disabilities are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).  The services a student requires under IDEA are described in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  Under Colorado law, the provision of FAPE and specific services required by a student’s IEP are a joint responsibility of the charter school and the local educational agency, most often the authorizing school district.

Applicants to Excel Academy Charter School are not required to identify whether the applicant has an IEP, and admission to the school is made without considering a student’s disability. After a student with an IEP is initially admitted to the school, an IEP team meeting may be required to determine whether this school is an appropriate placement for the student based on their needs. In most cases, the services required by a student’s IEP can be provided at Excel Academy. In some circumstances, a student’s individual needs require that they be placed in a different program or location.

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