Highland Park Special Educational Needs Policy

  • Highland Park Senior High School

    Highland Park Middle School

    Special Educational Needs Policy


    Special Education operates under the state and federal guidelines as interpreted and documented by the Minnesota Department of Education. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IB MYP) at Highland Park, works with students, staff and families, to include students of all levels the opportunity to be involved with the IB MYP while following the Special Education guidelines and regulations.



    Highland Park serves a wide variety of Special Education students with varying educational needs and disabilities. Highland provides Federal Setting I and II services for all special education students and it provides a specific Federal Setting III program and support for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Emotional Behavioral Disabilities (EBD).

    The Special Education Department, general education teaching staff and support staff at Highland Park are dedicated to providing services to those students with specialized learning and behavior needs. Special education services are provided in the least restrictive environment in order to allow students to maximize their educational potential. Academic success is achieved through inclusion classroom strategies, pull out classroom curriculum, small group instruction, and one-on-one services.

    Students receiving special education services have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to direct their progress in school and a Case Manager. Students receive a variety of levels of service, from monitor-only to full-day special education classes. Teachers, Social Workers and Case Managers work together to make accommodations and modifications for students to best meet their students needs and IEP goals. Students receive services such as aides in the classroom, co-taught classes by general education and special education teachers, modified assessments, extended time, and other means of accommodation or differentiation.

    The IEP Team is made up of general education teachers, special education teachers, administrators, speech language pathologists, social workers, school nurse, related service providers, parents and students. The IEP Team meets annually to discuss the student’s progress toward meeting their academic, emotional, social, and communication goals in school. School counselors are often at IEP team meetings to present information on credits earned and graduation requirements. In certain cases, students’ graduation requirements may be adjusted to accommodate for their disability.


    Special Education and International Baccalaureate

    Special Education students participate in as many aspects of the IB MYP as possible while still meeting their IEP Goals. For example, at Highland Park Senior High, Special Education students participate each year in the IB MYP Personal Project and have modifications or accommodations depending upon their academic, social, and emotional needs. At Highland Park Middle School, the collaborative planning that happens through the Data Cycle, incorporates differentiation for students’ learning needs and learning styles.

    All students at Highland Park are IB MYP students, as we value the IB MYP to be an inclusive program and welcoming for all of our students. All students benefit from the IB aims, objectives and goals. The values of IB MYP enhance the connection of learning to real life experiences, enable skill building through the Approaches to Learning, and enrich the holistic learning experiences for all students at Highland Park. By allowing all students to participate fully in an inclusive program to each student’s potential, we remove the barriers that prohibit students from becoming integrated in a community of learners.


    Special Educational Needs Policy Development

    The Special Educational Needs Policy for Highland Park Middle School and Highland Park Senior High is available to all staff, students, and families on both of the schools’ websites. This policy will be reviewed and refined on an ongoing basis so as to reflect our schools’ development and evolution within the International Baccalaureate framework and the St. Paul Public Schools’ mission and vision.



    Last Updated on 01/22/15