Special Education

The Sherwood School District Special Education Program is committed to supporting all students and their families who meet the special education eligibility requirements of IDEA. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a federal special education law that requires school districts to provide a free and appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities. A free appropriate education means special education and related services, described in an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), and provided to children in the least restrictive environment. More information can be obtained from your child’s teacher, the building special education teacher, or the school Principal. You may also call the Sherwood School District Special Programs Department at (503) 825-5031

Sherwood School District provides comprehensive Special Education Services. The following is not an exhaustive list, but instead highlights the most commonly provided services.
  • Child Find
  • Special Education Eligibility Determination
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Development and Implementation
  • Individual case management for students and families
  • Specially Designed Instruction
Placement Options
The district maintains a continuum of special education placement options for students ranging from regular classroom to self-contained classroom. However, nearly all students with disabilities in the Sherwood School District are educated in their neighborhood school. In general, the following options are available:
  • General Education Classroom – students receive specially designed instruction from their classroom teacher with consultation and support from the Learning Specialist to monitor progress towards meeting IEP goals and objectives. In some cases, classes may also be co-taught by a general education and special education teacher.

  • Resource Room – each of our elementary schools has 1-2 Learning Specialists who case manage and instruct students with IEPs. Based on each student’s needs, instruction can take place in the general education classroom and/or in specially designed classes for a portion of the school day.

  • Life Skills – available at all levels for students with a range of disabilities who need more intensive, individualized instruction in both life skills and academics. These classrooms/programs are located at Middleton Elementary, Sherwood Middle School, and Sherwood High School.

Child Find Statement  -  Identifying Children with Disabilities
The Sherwood School District (SSD) is seeking assistance in locating children with disabilities (birth through age 21) who have not graduated from high school and currently are not attending nor receiving other special services from public schools.

Oregon and federal law mandate educational services for children with disabilities. SSD provides educational programs and services for eligible children from kindergarten through high school. Services provided are appropriate to each child's disability. The Northwest Regional Education Services District (NWRESD) provides educational services for eligible children from birth to kindergarten. 

Parents, guardians, or anyone who knows of a child (age five through 21*) with a disability currently not receiving educational services are asked to notify the special education contact person in the child's home school or contact the District Special Programs Department at 503-825-5031.

* For children younger than kindergarten, please telephone the NWRESD at 403-614-1428

Special Education At-A-Glance Profile
The reauthorized Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) requires the Oregon Department of Education to develop a six-year State Performance Plan (SPP). States are also required to report state-level data to the federal government annually on progress in accomplishing the targeted goals of the SPP and publicly report data for each Local Education Agency. 
The At-A-Glance Special Education Profile displays district-level data and approved Oregon state targets, as described in the SPP. 

You can view the Sherwood School District's At-A-Glance Special Education Profile by clicking on the link below. If you have any questions contact Lorinda Kirkland, Special Programs Teacher on Special Assignment at 503-825-5030.

Special Education Report Card
Under the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, the Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual Special Education report card as part of the State Performance Plan. You can see the Sherwood School Districts Special Education Report Card by clicking on the link below. If you have any questions contact Lorinda Kirkland, Special Programs Teacher on Special Assignment at 503-825-5030.