• Proviso East Special Services Department



    Special education is specially designed instruction, support, and services provided to a student with an identified disability through implementation of an individual education plan (IEP) that addresses the student’s unique learning needs.  Special Education is to enable students to successfully develop to their individual potential, both academically and social/emotionally. Special Educators work collaboratively with students, parents, teachers, school staff, and community representatives as they assist students to become responsible learners and transition to a meaningful, healthy, and productive adult life. 

    The Proviso East High School Special Services Department supports the district vision of providing every student with an excellent and equitable education so that: 

    • Students are successful,
    • Parents are partners,
    • Educators are knowledgeable and empowered.

    The department promotes the understanding of what it means to provide an excellent education to “every” District 209 student. Special Educators work closely with all staff to help them gain knowledge about students with disabilities and to help educators provide appropriate support and services, as outlined in a student’s IEP. The work of the Special Education Department is done with care, integrity, fairness, patience, and respect.

    We believe:

    • Each student is a valued member of the District 209 community.
    • Each student has the potential to learn, grow and succeed through the positive impact of education in District 209.
    • Each student should be supported and educated with appropriate staff and resources to meet their needs.
    • Curriculum includes all areas of lifelong learning and must encompass diverse instruction for all learners.
    • All staff are responsible in helping a child receive the best education possible within the general education setting, whenever appropriate.
    • Special Education exists to support the basic instructional program, rather than replace it.
    • Special Education services are part of the continuum of services provided by District 209.
    • A positive parent-school-community partnership is an essential part of educating all students. 
    • Continuous research, review and revision of systems, services, programs and student progress is necessary and essential in providing a free appropriate public education to all District 209 students.


    To receive special education services, students must be determined to have one of the following exceptionalities as defined by the Illinois State Board of Education (https://www.isbe.net/Pages/Special-Education-Disability-Areas.aspx): 

    • Autism (includes, but is not limited to, any Autism Spectrum Disorder)
    • Deaf-blindness,
    • Deafness,
    • Emotional disability,
    • Hearing impairment,
    • Intellectual disability,
    • Multiple disabilities,
    • Orthopedic impairment,
    • Other health impairment,
    • Specific learning disability,
    • Speech or language impairment,
    • Traumatic brain injury,
    • Visual impairment

    If the student is determined to be eligible for special education support, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed and reviewed annually. An educational program must be available to students eligible for special education services through the age of 21 years, 364 days, when appropriate to meet graduation requirements and address established goals and objectives. Notice of Procedural Safeguards for Parents/Guardians of Students with Disabilities must be shared with parents if a case study evaluation is initiated and provided annually to families if their child receives special education services. Complete safeguards are available for review through the following State Board of Education link to NOTICE OF PROCEDURAL SAFEGUARDS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (As of July 2018)