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    We are a group of parents who have children receiving special education services at Montlake Elementary. Our goal is to disseminate information about special education programming and its integral role in our school, and to promote an environment of inclusion for the benefit of all students at Montlake Elementary.

    We meet on the second Saturday of the month at the Montlake Public library at 11am-12pm. You can visit our Meeting News page to see what has been discussed at previous meetings. 

    Any parent with a child who has an IEP or 504 is welcome. Any parent who believes their child may be eligible to receive special education services, but has not yet entered the system, is also welcome. 

    Information about special education services 

    For a high-level overview of special education programming, including the process of identifying children in need of special education services, see this guide (PDF) from the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. 

    Seattle Public Schools uses a "service matrix" to deliver special education services in schools. In this matrix, Montlake is a designated ACCESS school. According to SPS: 
    • Access services are intended to provide specially designed instruction to students with more intensive academic and functional special education needs. 
    • These services support students who are able to make progress on their IEP (Individualized Education Plan) goals while spending most of their instructional time, including specially designed instruction, in general education settings with a range of supports. But services may be provided in any setting, based on the individual IEP. 
    • Instructional content varies, based on each student's IEP. 
    • This service is open to all disability categories.