Special Education in West Chicago
Special education concerns are directed to the building principal and psychologist. Special education placement is determined by a multidisciplinary team conference, which considers the student's past and present performance, the result of specific tests or progress monitoring and the findings of specific interviews or reports. West Chicago School District utilizes the Response to Intervention (RtI) approach when considering eligibility for students with learning disabilities.
Related Services include Speech and Language Therapy or visits to the building Social Worker. We work closely with SASED who provide Occupational and Physical Therapy, and other services as needed.
We have several Early Childhood classrooms, a Bilingual Preschool Instructional Classroom, an English Primary Instructional Classroom and an Instructional Classroom at West Chicago Middle School where students with more significant needs are in self contained classrooms. Some students have needs that can not be met in these settings so are bussed to specialized programs out of district.
Special Education Services
Psychological Services: School psychologists provide diagnostic evaluations of individual students, participate in in-service training programs, counsel students and consult with teachers, parents, and administrators.
Social Work Services: Social workers are employed to work as liaisons between the school, the home, and outside support agencies. Social workers are also available to consult with parents and teachers.
Speech and Language Therapy: Speech and language pathologists are available for students, preschool through grade 8, whose speech and/or language interferes with communication and learning. Therapy services are provided in the general education classroom and in separate individual or small group sessions.