Improving K-12 education for students on the autism spectrum in Montgomery County, MD

Placements, Services, and Programs

Montgomery County public school administrators refer to placements as "services" (and sometimes "programs"), even when those services are provided only at select locations. Students are transported by bus to their placements wherever they are located, without regard to whether a placement is within the student's neighborhood or high school cluster. 

Least Restrictive Environment

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates that all students with disabilities be educated with children who are not disabled “to the maximum extent appropriate.” This setting is known as the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). The least restrictive environment is a student’s neighborhood school, and therefore the first placement the IEP Team typically will consider for a student with disabilities. Students on the autism spectrum vary in the amount of support they need, and sometimes the services documented by the IEP (Individualized Education Program) are greater than those that the student’s neighborhood school can provide. When this is the case, the IEP Team will consider services available at schools other than the student’s neighborhood school, and are considered “more restrictive environments” for that reason.

Services by Age and Learning Outcomes

Diploma-Bound Elementary Services
Certificate-Bound Elementary Services
Diploma-Bound Secondary Services
Certificate-Bound Secondary Services

Interactive Maps of MCPS Special Ed Services   

Useful Map Tool:  This interactive map allows you to locate any Pre-K or Elementary School special education program in MCPS. Use the drop down menu filters to find all the locations for a specific program or use the search bar to locate a specific school: MCPS Pre-K and ES Special Ed Map 

Coming soon ... interactive map for Middle and High School services.

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