Arcadia School District provides a free appropriate public education for all
students, including students with disabilities. Our goal is for every
student to be engaged, equipped, and empowered learners, who are prepared to
successful transition from our buildings to accomplish their post-secondary
career and life goals.
A full range of services is available to students in need of special
education and other special support programs. This range of services
includes, but is not limited to, direct special education instruction,
direct classroom support, and indirect support through accommodations and
modifications to the general education curriculum and instruction. These and
other services are determined on an individual student basis, and are
designed to maximize the student’s ability to access their general education
Parent Questions / FAQs*
- What is the evaluation process?
- What is an IEP?
- What is a 504 plan?
- What is the difference between an IEP and 504?
- How can I help at home? At Home Internet Resources (link to google site for all sped staff
- How can I help at school?
* Answers to these FAQs coming soon!
Arcadia Special Education Department
756 Raider Drive
Arcadia, WI 54612
Director of Pupil Services
Special Education Secretary
- Speech & Language
- Occupational/Physical Therapy
- Early Childhood
- Grades K-1 Cross-categorical
- Learning Disabilities
- Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities
- MS Resource Room
- High School
Individualized Education Program (IEP)
In order to assure that each student with a disability has an individual
education, you and your child are an active participant in our
Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team. The IEP serves as the tool to
ensure that students receive the necessary support and services required in
order for them to meaningfully benefit from instruction in the least
restrictive environment possible. The least restrictive environment is the
maximum amount of time students with disabilities are included in general
education instruction with their non-disabled peers. The IEP also
establishes annual goals and benchmarks to measure the student’s learning
progress and specifies the amount of services the student receives in order
to make progress toward those goals. The IEP is reviewed and revised at
least annually, and can be reviewed or revised earlier to meet the
individual student’s need.
Special Education Evaluation
Prior to implementing a student’s IEP, the student must first be identified
as a student with a disability and a student who demonstrates a need for
special education services. To be found as a student with a disability, the
student must meet the state-specified eligibility criteria in one of these
specific disability areas:
- Cognitive Disabilities
- Emotional Behavioral Disability
- Hearing Impaired
- Other Health Impairment
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Significant Developmental Delay
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
The School District of Arcadia accepts and processes referrals of children
suspected to have a disability. School personnel who reasonably believe a
child has a disability are required to make a referral. Prior to submitting
a referral, the people required to make referrals inform the parents of the
intent. The written referral includes the name of the child and reasons why
the person making the referral believes that the child is a child with a
disability. In addition, information collected on prior interventions
implemented to address the areas of concern must be included with the
Once the district receives a referral, an evaluation team evaluates the
child to determine if the child meets eligibility for special education and
related services. Once a determination has been made, the IEP team develops
the individualized education program for the child. Parental consent is
obtained only for those tests over and above what is administered to all
children. Notice of placement is provided to parents within 60 calendar days
from receipt of the referral or the initiation of a re-evaluation.
Extensions may be requested with written notice of parents.