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Mission Statement: District 88 mission: To work for the continuous improvement of student achievement. Through that mission, District 88 schools have been named as Top Schools in America by Newsweek and the Washington Post.

 

Student Services/Special Education

Director of Student Services: Sam Bentsen

Phone: (630) 530-3994

Assistance for homeless students

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District 88 Student Services/Special Education Department

Student Services/Special Education in District 88

The Special Education Departments in DuPage High School District 88 are committed to providing a comprehensive education to all identified students in accordance with their handicapping condition. It is believed that with appropriate curriculum and support services, all students can become life-long learners. Special Education has a critical responsibility to provide a structure that allows equal opportunities for all students, tailored to their individual needs. A major focus of each of the programs is to assist the students in developing needed skills including academics, self-advocacy, vocational and life skills to allow for a successful transition from school to adult life.

In compliance with IDEA and the "Rules and Regulations to Govern the Administration and Operation of Special Education," mandated by the Illinois State Board of Education, DuPage High School District 88 offers special education classes and services designed to meet the unique needs of students with the following handicapping conditions:

The DuPage High School District 88 staff strives to provide an appropriate special education program in the least restrictive environment. Working to comply with State Board of Education inclusion initiative (including transitional programming), materials are selected according to the student's functional ability and vary depending on program and year in school. Specific programs may be offered within District 88 or at other appropriate, approved sites. Special Education placement options in District 88 include the following:

  1. Placement in the General Education environment without supports.
  2. Placement in the General Education environment with supports (The District has drastically expanded Co-Teaching models across the curriculum.)
  3. Placement in a Special Education setting. District 88 has self contained programming on each campus for students with severe academic, behavioral, and cognitive needs. District 88 also offers the LIFE program for students needing transition services ages  7-21.
  4. Placement in an “off campus” facility. District 88 partners with more than 50 different public and private facilities to ensure that the unique needs of District 88 students can be met.

As required by law, program placement is determined by the IEP team based on each student’s individual needs. Students can be placed full time or part time into any of the above programs without barriers to enrollment.

Appropriate District 88 staff participates on the Behavior Interventions Committee. This committee develops policies and procedures for students with disabilities who require behavioral interventions. This is in accordance with P.L. 89-191 and the guidelines set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education.

All students are expected to comply with the rules and regulations as stated in the Parent Student Handbook, which outlines the District 88 discipline policy. In specific circumstances where general policies are not sufficient /effective, an individual behavioral intervention plan may be developed.

Each year a copy of the procedural safeguards and rights for students with disabilities are furnished to all parents and/or guardians of students with disabilities receiving special education and related services. Additionally, all students and parents are notified concerning the District 88 policy on "Behavioral Interventions for Students with Disabilities."

Here are highlights for our District'sSpecial Education Programs

Addison Trail SPED Program Descriptions.pdf

Willowbrook SPED Brochure.pdf

D88 Transition Handbook.pdf

District 88 LIFE Transition Program.pdf


Parents or students interested in knowing about the programs and specific classes available in District 88 should contact the Special Education Department Chair at the individual schools. Please click on each school to access their Special Education Department's website.

Willowbrook High School
Mrs. Sara Courington, Department Chair
(630) 530-3682

Addison Trail High School
Mrs. Lisa Bollow, Department Chair
(630) 628-3366

   

 

Name Phone Schedule Contact
Jean Barbanente
Assistant Superintendent/FOIA Officer
(630) 530-3982
Sam Bentsen
Director of Student Services/Homeless Liaison
(630) 530-3994
Esther Delgado
Administrative Asst.- Special Education/Student Services
(630) 530-6079
Christopher Perkins
Faculty
(630) 782-3104
DuPage High School District 88
2 Friendship Plaza Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 630-530-3981 Fax: 630-832-0198
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