Special Education

UCS takes a proactive approach to special education through early intervention and progress monitoring for our learners.

Michigan law requires that all students who have disabilities (to the extent that the disability results in significant interference with school performance) be provided with special education programs and services. The special education programs and services are to be individually planned (Individual Education Plan or IEP) by a multidisciplinary team which includes the parents.

The purpose of the IEP is to provide each student with an education plan designed to deliver an appropriate educational growth benefit. UCS provides special education programs and services for students in preschool through high school. Additional services are available through cooperative agreements with the Macomb Intermediate School District (MISD) and other area school districts.

Every school has a team of professional educators who work with the special needs of children. These include special education teachers, administrators, speech and language therapists, social workers and school psychologists. They work cooperatively with teachers and parents to identify specific needs and develop necessary accommodation plans to support student achievement.

Most of our students with documented disabilities spend the majority of their school day engaged in the general education curriculum within their neighborhood school. Students with disabilities also have opportunities for specialized programs and services based upon their unique, individual needs and may receive:

  • Specialized instruction within general education classrooms
  • Specialized instruction for a portion of the school day in special education learning center classrooms, called Resource Rooms
  • Full-day specialized instruction in special education classrooms
  • A variety of other support and related services are also available to meet identified individual needs

You may follow this link for the recommended process for determining the existence of a specific learning disability.

Children with disabilities are entitled to special education services

Public Act 198 of 1971, the Mandatory Special Education Act, originally established the right of persons with disabilities from birth through the age of 25 to a free, appropriate public education.

Utica Community Schools will arrange for free evaluation services to be done by a team of educational specialists to determine if a child is eligible for special education services.

Parents or guardians may contact the Executive Director of Special Services, Utica Community Schools, 11303 Greendale, Sterling Heights, MI 48312, telephone 586.797.1000, for further information and/or to refer their child for an evaluation.