Special Education

  • We provide special education and related services according to the federal mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the State of Minnesota's rules and statutes.  Saint Paul Public Schools’ Special Education Department commits to the elimination in the disparity of outcomes for all students with disabilities. We will continue to do this by using data to enhance instructional practices that increase student engagement and achievement.  Our specific focus is African American male scholars, American Indian scholars, and scholars dually qualified for Special Education and English Learner services where the greatest outcome inequities exist. 

    If you have questions regarding your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and services, please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact us.

    Link: OSS Organizational Chart


Programs and Services

  • All schools have some special education and related services. However, not all services are available at every school. The following is a list of special education services available in every elementary, middle and senior high school:

    • Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD)
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
    • Visually Impaired (VI)
    • Classroom support for students with less severe Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD)
    • Speech and languages services (SL)
    • Consultation for Other Health Disability/Traumatic Brain Injury/Physical Impairment: special and general education teachers work with district-wide staff to provide appropriate services for individual students
    • Developmental Delay (Elementary) (DD)

    Students with more significant needs, especially in the areas of Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Emotional or Behavioral Disorders (EBD), may require services through a specialized program for at least part of the school day. If the IEP has more than 180 service minutes of academic support per day for any of these three areas, the child will be assigned to a school in their area that offers these services. Parents can work with their child’s IEP team to learn more about appropriate school choices.

  • Disability-Specific Programs

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

  • Extended School Year (ESY)

  • Non-Public Schools

  • Related and Itinerant Services

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do parents do when their child is struggling in school?

  • What is special education?

  • Who is eligible to receive special education services?

  • How do I find out if my child is eligible to receive special education services?

  • What will happen with the results of the evaluation?

  • What is an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

  • What information is included in an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?

  • What is the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)?

  • Where can I review the continuous improvement monitoring process?

News and Events

  • Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

    Monday evenings from 6-8 p.m.

    Join us: 

    • in-person- Administration Building, 360 Colborne St., Saint Paul, MN 55102
    • virtual via Zoom

    Attend as a guest or become a member. RSVP kindly requested but not required. 

    Call/Text 651-285-7537 

    Email jackie.kelly@spps.org

    SEAC works to make a difference in the lives and outcomes of students with disabilities by: 

    • using our shared knowledge and experience
    • informing and educating each other
    • providing opportunities to learn and connect
    • promoting collaboration with educators, departments and programs, and community organizations
    • influencing change in SPPS

    Other ways to connect:

    SEAC website

    SEAC Facebook Group

    Special Education Family Engagement webpages


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