Comprehensive programs for students with special needs
In Vancouver Public Schools, we believe in empowering each student, regardless of differences in ability, to reach his or her unique potential. Services are available for children and young adults with special needs from birth to age 21. Most students receive services in their neighborhood school, and when possible, in a traditional class setting.
A variety of programs and services are available:
This type of program exists in all VPS schools.
Available at specific schools. Each child’s IEP team will help design the specific types of services to support their educational program.
VPS is the host district for a countywide day treatment program for students in first through 12th grades with severe emotional and/or behavioral disabilities. This program is located at the Jim Tangeman Center. Working in cooperation with community mental health professionals, students receive a structured academic and mental health experience.
Children ages birth to 3 are served under contract with Educational Service District 112 and Innovative Services Northwest.
Children ages 3 to 5 may be served in a variety of program models. Through the district’s Early Childhood Education Program, children receive individualized education in small-class settings to develop communication, motor, cognition, self-help and/or social skills.
- Speech and language services
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Nursing services
- Transportation services
- Home and hospital services for students who are out of school for a minimum of four weeks and are under a doctor’s care
- American Sign Language services
Frequently asked questions
A collection of optional supplementary resources to support distance learning for families of students receiving special education services. These resources are intended to provide families with general guidance and best practices related to home instruction.