Lakeview School District Special Education
The Lakeview School District serves students with disabilities in grades K-12. Lakeview offers a wide range of services in order to appropriately meet the needs of all students. The District ensures a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment for students through the IEP process. Each individual student’s needs are addressed on a case by case basis.
The total enrollment for students in the District was 1198 at the end of the 2014 school year. The number of unduplicated special education students was 216. 17.28% of the current student population has been identified as needing special education services.
Currently, the District provides special education programs at Oakview Elementary, at Lakeview Middle School, and at Lakeview High School. Students in grades K-4 attend Oakview Elementary where they are supported by four special education teachers, three classroom instructional aides, two personal care aides and one CNA. They also receive services from the District’s speech clinicians and contracted support providers through Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV. Lakeview is currently contracting for the following services: physical therapy, occupational therapy, hearing impaired support, vision support, and assistive technology support. Oakview also hosts an Early Intervention Classroom operated by Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV.
Students in grades 5-8 are supported by seven special education teachers in the Middle School building. Additionally, they receive support from two classroom instructional aides one personal care aide, and one CNA. The District’s middle school students currently access speech services through the District staff and occupational therapy, physical therapy, and assistive technology support through Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV staff. Lakeview Middle School also houses an Emotional Support Classroom operated by Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV.
The High School serves students in grades 9-12. They are supported by five special education teachers, one classroom instructional aide, and four personal care aides. The District’s High School students currently access the District speech services, as well as the contracted occupational therapy, physical therapy, and assistive technology services.
Additionally, Lakeview contracts with Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and other local educational providers to supply appropriate specific educational settings and programs for students with low incidence disabilities that require more intensive services than those offered by the District. Lakeview strives to educate as many special education students as possible in their district of residence, so this number remains very small.
The Lakeview School District provides quality programs and services to all of its students. The District is very proud of the inclusion programs operated in each of its buildings and fully promotes inclusionary practices and effective teaching strategies in order to accommodate students with disabilities in the LRE. As a result, Lakeview is able to educate most special education students within the District. Each student’s strengths and weaknesses are evaluated on an individual basis by the IEP Team, and decisions are always based upon the needs of the child and not on cost or location. Some children, however, cannot be appropriately served in their neighborhood school because of their unique needs and, therefore, are served in other settings as determined by the IEP Team.
The positive results of the Cyclical Monitoring, conducted in 2010, demonstrate the District’s commitment to providing students with disabilities quality programs and services. The evaluation was conducted by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Special Education (BASE). The District received commendations in the following areas:
Furthermore, parents of special needs children in the Lakeview School District have consistently expressed their satisfaction with the academic programs and services provided by the District. They are very pleased with the progress their children have made throughout their educational experiences. Parents have shared their praise during IEP meetings, phone conversations with administrators and staff, and through written correspondence. Historically, there has been a high level of parent participation in IEP meetings. There are well established, positive relationships between the teachers and parents within the District, as well as with other educational providers, agencies, and neighboring schools. In an effort to further enhance parent engagement in the educational process, the District has posted numerous resources and training announcements on the Special Education Webpage.
The Lakeview School District has numerous strengths in regard to current special education services and programs for students with disabilities. Some of the highlights and notable areas include: