About Special Education

Students with identified disabilities receive specially designed instruction in areas of need. The district recognizes sixteen disabilities as defined by state and federal law; and provides instruction and related services as needed. Students must be referred and go through a formal assessment process to be eligible for special education services.

Written parent permission is required for assessment and program placement. Individualized Educational Plans are developed and reviewed annually and students are formally re-assessed every three years to determine need for continued eligibility. Districts must follow approved policies and all state and federal special education regulations to receive funding.


Students performing below grade level in reading may receive assistance through this portion of the Learning Support Program. Students receive daily instruction in an alternative reading curriculum or maintenance work using the basal materials. These programs are meant as a supplement to the regular class reading instruction. Referrals must be made in writing by classroom teachers with parent notification. These programs are funded by Title I and L. A. P. funds.

Secondary Special Education Programs

The Learning Support Program continues into the secondary level. Learning Support teachers continue to provide direct and indirect support services in grades 7-12. Reading Improvement instruction continues through grade eight, and Study Skills instruction (classes) begins at grade seven and continues through grade twelve. The classes are available to students in need during the academic day for elective credit. An After Hours Study Skills program is also available after school on specific days. Title I, L. A. P. and special education funds support these programs.

At the high school, the Learning Opportunity Center (LOC) provides an alternative curriculum and delivery system for at-risk and credit deficient students. The program focuses on dropout retrieval and prevention and works with student services counselors to provide specialized courses of study for identified students. Basic education funds primarily support this program.


The Mount Baker School District provides free Child Find screenings to locate and identify children and youth ages birth through 21 with delays or disabilities who may be in need of early intervention or special education services. The district can also assist with screening and referrals for children below the age of three with suspected developmental delays. Concerns may include: speech or language, learning and understanding, coordination and movement, social skills, self-help skills (feeding, dressing, toileting), behavioral management, vision, and/or hearing.

The free Child Find screening clinics are held throughout the year on an appointment basis. Upon completion of the screening, a member of the Screening Team will explain the results to the child's parent/guardian. If the screening results indicate the child is having difficulty in one or more areas, a meeting will be scheduled to refer the student for a possible Special Education evaluation. If you suspect that your child may be in need of extra help, please contact the Special Programs Office at (360) 383-2012.

Who can be helped?

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) that requires states to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, age's birth through 21, who are in need of early intervention or special education services. These include:

  • Learning Disability
  • Developmental Delay
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Hearing Impairment/Deafness
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Visual Impairment/Blindness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disability
  • Autism
  • Multiple Disabilities