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Participants in the ACT program in a grass field

Continuum of Service Options

The Special Education program in the Issaquah School District serves students from birth through twenty-one years of age. Children birth through two years of age are served through contracts with community agencies. Instructional and support services are delivered by special education teachers, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, behavior specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and paraprofessionals. In compliance with federal and state law, students with disabilities are served in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible. All special education students at all district schools participate as appropriate in general education classrooms. Special education services include individualized specially-designed instruction in academic skills, adaptive skills (self help; self advocacy, community, independent living etc.), communication and language skills, motor skills, social skills, behavior and vocational skills. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed at least annually for each student served in special education, and goals and objectives (where appropriate) are written based upon formal and informal assessments and on-going data.


Birth to Three

Infants and toddlers with disabilities are provided early intervention services through agencies such as Kindering and Encompass.


Early Childhood
(ages 3-5)

Children, ages 3-5, with developmental delays in communication, cognition, social-emotional, adaptive, and motor skills areas receive specially-designed instruction at one of three schools in the district. This is a half day program (Location: Regional) More information is located on the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Page.



Outside Agencies

Students, ages 3-21, receive specially-designed instruction in a setting outside of the District as per their IEP team.


Learning Resource Center I (LRC I)

Students receive specially-designed instruction in academic, behavior, and social areas as indicated on their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) from the LRC I staff (special education teacher or paraprofessionals) and/or related service therapists. (Location: Every building)


Learning Resource Center II (LRC II)

Students with moderate to severe disabilities receive specially designed instruction in all areas as indicated on their Individual Education Plans (IEPs) from the LRC II staff (special education teachers and paraprofessionals) and/or related services therapists. Opportunities for participation in the general education class will occur as designated in the IEP. (Location: Regional)


Academy for Community Transition (ACT)

The ACT program is specifically designed to assist young adults with disabilities, typically between the ages of 18 and 21, in making this crucial transition.

What is the ACT Program?

The ACT program focuses on providing students with the necessary skills and experiences to move successfully into adult life. This includes:

  1. Life Skills Education: Teaching practical skills like managing finances, cooking, personal care, and household management. These skills are crucial for independent or semi-independent living.

  2. Vocational Training: The program may offer job training or work experience opportunities. This helps students understand the work environment and develop skills needed for employment.

  3. Community Involvement: Encouraging and facilitating participation in community activities. This includes learning to use public transportation, accessing community resources, and engaging in social and recreational activities.

  4. Academic Support: Tailored educational support is often provided, focusing on the individual needs and abilities of each student.

Why is the ACT Program Important?

For a child with disabilities, the transition to adulthood can be challenging. The ACT program aims to bridge this gap by providing:

  • A structured yet flexible environment where your child can learn at their own pace.
  • Opportunities to develop independence and self-advocacy skills.
  • A supportive community that understands and caters to the unique needs of students with disabilities.

How Does the Program Work?

  • Individualized Planning: Each student receives an individualized plan based on their specific needs, strengths, and goals.
  • Collaboration with Families: Your involvement as a parent is crucial. The program often works closely with families to ensure that the transition plan aligns with your expectations and your child's aspirations.
  • Transition Services: These services are designed to be a bridge to adult life, focusing on areas like employment, further education, and independent living.

What Should You Expect?

As a parent/guardian, you can expect:

  • Regular updates and involvement in your child's progress.
  • Support from dedicated professionals who understand the challenges and opportunities for children with disabilities.
  • A sense of community and a network of other parents and families going through similar experiences.


ACT Program Website