Special Education

  • Vision

    Denver Public Schools will be a national leader to ensure that all students with special education needs will be taught in an inclusive environment. 


    The mission of the Special Education Department is to collaboratively engage with school staff to develop capacities designed to improve academic, social and emotional outcomes for students with disabilities and their families. DPS accomplishes this mission by developing an understanding of the specific context of each school, providing professional expertise, and building a plan of support together.

    Who Can Answer Individual Special Education Questions?


    Special Education Department Site-   Contains links to department resources, IEP guidance, and Standard Operating Procedures. Home page includes a map to locate service providers by schools and a calendar of upcoming professional development. 

    ACEConnect Transition Services - Transition resources and supports for students with disabilities in DPS, including transition basics, resources for transition assessment, career exploration opportunities and more! 

    Assistive Technology - Web resource for requesting assistive technology for DPS students. Information on resources, policies and support with the utilization of assistive technology. 

    Extended School Year (ESY) - Homepage for the DPS Extended School Year program. ESY is intended to maintain student's IEP goals from the previous school year. This website provides information on ESY including guidance for determining whether a student requires ESY services, data collection tools and the online ESY registration form.

    Assessment Library (formerly SEAK)DPS AL supports assessments for many different departments including special education, psychology, social work, speech and language, occupational and physical therapy, gifted and talented and our low-incidence disability team and our new name reflects our broader focus.

    IRC - Currently, the IRC is closed indefinitely.  SEO is gathering a multidisciplinary team to redesign the space and the services it offers to the staff in SEO. Stay tuned for information on the new IRC! 

    Bilingual Assessment Team (SEAS) - Bilingual Assessment Team (SEAS) provides support with the evaluation of students whose primary language is Spanish. SEAS should be contacted whenever a child is being considered for special education eligibility and the child's native language is Spanish. You will be prompted to enter your DPS ID and password to enter the Bilingual Assessment Team referral system.