Rochester High School

Insisting on Student Success

Special Education

Special Education Services:

            Rochester School District provides a full range of services for students with disabilities.  We serve students from Birth to age 21.  Services are provided in the areas of academic remediation (reading, math, and written language), social skills, speech (language and articulation), fine and gross motor therapy, etc.  In order to qualify for Special Education services, your child must be assessed and the determination must be made that a) a recognized disability does exist, b) the disability is affecting their academic progress, and 3) specially designed instruction is needed.  Once a student qualifies for Special Education, then an Individual Education Plan is written to address their needs.  For questions about the Special Education process, please call Laura Staley at 273-6522 x1004.

Programs and Services:

            Childfind:  If you would like to learn how to refer a student for a Special Education evaluation please contact the Special Services Dept at 273-6522 or the School Counselor in your child’s school.

            Birth-2 Program: Rochester School District contracts with Parent to Parent to serve Infants and Toddlers with disabilities.  For information on either services for an Infant or Toddler already identified with a disability or for a developmental screening, please contact either Sarah Hodge at Parent to Parent (360-352-1126 or toll free 877-352-1126) or Barbara Lohman at Rochester Early Intervention Preschool (360-273-5161 x 3248)

            Rochester Early Intervention Preschool serves children ages 3-5 who qualify for Special Education.  REIP is located at Rochester Primary School.  If you would like your child to have a developmental screening or you have transferred into the district and your child already has an Individual Education Plan, please contact Marci Nesary at 273-5161 x3250. (During the summer, contact District Office at 273-6522)

            K-12th grade Special Education Services:  Most students with an Individual Education Plan are mainstreamed into the general education population for the majority of the day.  Students receive small group or individualized specially designed instruction in their areas of deficits for scheduled periods during their day.  The amount of time spent in pull out instruction, the amount of additional support given in the classroom, and the ratio of adult-child support varies according to each student’s individual needs, as determined by the IEP team.  Every parent and general education teacher is included in the IEP decision making process. 

            Life Skills:  Students who have a severe disability which impacts their ability to function within the general population are placed in our Life Skills program.  Each Life Skills program teaches basic academic skills as well as the skills the individual needs to be able to function in a supervised environment as an adult.  These skills include dressing and clothing care, cooking, shopping, using public transportation, etc.

          18-21 Transition Program: Special Education students are eligible to stay in school until the end of the school year in which they turn 21 years of age.  At Rochester High School, the Transition program provides services for students ages 18-21.  In this program, students learn how to access their community resources (such as transportation), learn independent living skills, etc.        
For more information contact Andrew Kernutt E_MAIL

RSD Procedural Safeguards  ENGLISH      SPANISH
Resource Links for Special Education:
Autism Speaks: What is Autism?
Council for Exceptional Children:
Children and Adults with ADD/ADHD: 
Developmental Guidelines: American Academy of Pediatrics Ages and Stages: 
National Center for Learning Disabilities:
National Dissenination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY):