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Special Education

special education students and teachers at Halloween
Smiling student with Craig McCalla
three students playing with a dollhouse
three students and a teacher playing with pool noodles
students playing drums and tambourines
three students playing tambourines
preschool students dressed for Halloween
Dexter Community Schools staff members work as educational teams in each building to ensure that all students have the assistance and accommodations needed to support learning in order to progress in the general education curriculum. 
We serve the majority of our students with disabilities in the general education classroom and strive to provide our students with the most inclusive, least restrictive environment.
DCS provides services to students with disabilities in a continuum of educational environments, from regular class placements with special education services and programs to full-day programs in county-based programs.  Students receive evaluations in all suspected areas of disabilities. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) determines the type and degree of required services for each student.
DCS participates in mandated Child Find programs and provides services to private programs within our district. The programs are conducted in accordance with the Federal and Michigan Special Education rules and regulations.
The DCS Department of Special Education serves more than 430 students with disabilities in seven schools. We have 55 staff including resource room teachers, teacher consultants, social workers, speech therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. They work in collaboration with general education teachers to coordinate curriculum objectives, introduce and monitor accommodations and modifications, and to identify alternative teaching strategies that meet the educational recommendations of each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).

Contact Us

Lisa Melvin

Special Education Secretary

Anne Nakon

Director of Special Education