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Special Education

The Department of Special Education

Maine Township High School District 207 provides a full continuum of services and placements for students found eligible to receive special education services through the age of 21, inclusive (i.e. through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday). 

We are committed to providing a supportive environment in which our students with special needs can develop academic, social, emotional, vocational, and life skills. The department offers a full continuum of services and placements from support in the general education environment to specialized instructional courses, and/or related services. The primary focus and goal of the Department of Special Education is to assist students in becoming independent effective self-advocates. 

Maine Township High School District 207 coordinates and maintains specific procedures for referral, placement, and program development. Support and services for all students are provided as outlined within a student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP).


Students may qualify for special education services under any of the following thirteen (13) categories: Autism | Deaf-Blindness | Deafness | Emotional Disability | Hearing Impairments | Intellectual Disability | Multiple Disabilities | Orthopedic Impairment | Other Health Impairment  | Specific Learning Disabilities | Speech or Language Impairment | Traumatic Brain Injury | Visual Impairment

Click here to view the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) definitions of these disability areas.

Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program (IEP), as required by the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and implementing provisions of the School Code, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the child (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment.

Special Education Services and Placement

All eligible students are entitled to special education and related services within a variety of settings through the age of 21, inclusive (i.e. through the day before the student’s 22nd birthday). Services and placement are determined by an IEP team through a multi-disciplinary conference based on the student’s individual needs. Educational services and placement is provided along a continuum within the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). 

Placements at Maine Township High School District 207 may include:
Resource (Seminar) ↔ General Education with Support (Co-Taught, Supplementary Aids and Services, Teacher Assistants) ↔ Specialized Instruction ↔ Educational Life Skills ↔ Multi-Needs Program ↔ Ralph J. Frost Academy (Therapeutic Public Day School) ↔ Maine Township Transition Program (Transition Program)

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Special Education Parent Rights

House Bill 3586 In accordance with Public Act 101-0515, which was recently signed by the Governor, Maine Township HSD 207 is providing notice to parents/guardians regarding their rights in relation to the provision of related services to students who are eligible for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

HB 3586 Update (October 2019)

Maine Township HSD 207 will be providing parent(s)/guardian(s) with ‘draft’ paperwork in advance of Eligibility and/or Annual Review IEP meetings via Email using School Messenger in order to secure the confidential documents being sent electronically. For more information please go to the Special Education News and Announcements page.