Services are provided in the least-restrictive environment (LRE), in the home school to the maximum extent possible. Services are implemented in a continuum of settings ranging from the general education environment, special class placements, public and private day schools, and residential day settings. The Department of Special Education Services (DSES) is initiating parent-to-parent supports for parents/guardians who are entering the Individualized Education Programs (IEP) process for the first time by providing quarterly cluster special education workshops held in their communities.
To improve the academic performance and achievement of students with disabilities, DSES ensures access to Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) curricula and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). DSES is responsible for the implementation of Individualized Family Service Plans and IEPs, monitors access to rigorous high-quality instruction for students with disabilities, offers a broad range of early intervention services, and supports the development of appropriate skills to prepare students for postsecondary opportunities upon attaining a high school diploma or Maryland High School Certificate of Completion to access the pathways to college and workforce readiness.