The mission of the Westside Special Education Department is to provide the very best possible educational opportunities for students with disabilities ranging in age from birth through age 21. In order to fulfill that mission, our goal is to educate all students in their neighborhood schools to the greatest extent possible, regardless of their disabilities. This is made possible by offering a continuum of services designed to meet individual student needs. These services range from a consultative model to a highly specialized alternate program.
Westside currently has approximately 1,000 special education-identified students and an estimated 100 certified staff members. Our staff includes special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, assistive technology and vision specialists, a deaf educator and school psychologists, all of whom use their training and expertise to provide support to students and staff at the building level. These individuals receive ongoing training and professional development opportunities, as well as designated time to collaborate with their general and special education colleagues, all for the purpose of improving learning for students with disabilities.