Welcome To Special Education


    • Welcome to the Special Services Department

      Glendale Elementary School District is committed to ensuring best first instruction of the Common Core and pro-social skills using student achievement and behavioral data to differentiate for each child. GESD provides a full continuum of services that address student needs from Pre-Kindergarten (age three through five) students to 8th grade.

      The GESD Special Education Department is committed to working collaboratively with parents in order make the best educational decisions for students with identified disabilities. The purpose of the Special Education Department website is to provide resources to the GESD community related to educating students with disabilities.If you suspect your child (including preschooler) has a physical, mental, or emotional disability, please confer with you local school principal or the Special Education Department to discuss your concerns. Each school has a special services team to address student needs, develop interventions, and engage in pre-referral evaluation and case management activities. Special education programs available include self-contained classrooms, cross-categorical resources, and supportive services in the regular classroom. As much as possible, special needs students are educated at their neighborhood schools within regular classrooms. Severely disabled students are served in specially equipped District programs located at various District schools. The District also offers services to student's attending private or parochial schools within the district.

      Notice of Nondiscrimination

      Students, their parents and employees of the Glendale Elementary School District are hereby notified that this School District does not discriminate and is required by Title VI, VII, Title IX, Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or access to, treatment, or employment in its services and activities.


      Child Find

      Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires districts to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, age 2 years, 9 months through age 21, who are in need of special education services. 

      Child Find applies to children who are:

      • Suspected of having a disability even though they are advancing from grade to grade
      • Highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless families
      • Wards of the State
      • Private school students
      • Home school students

      The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and its implementing regulations require that all children with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services, regardless of the severity of their disability, are identified, located, and evaluated. [20 U.S.C. § 1412(a)(3); 34 C.F.R. § 300.111(a)]

      The regulations that implement the IDEA require each State to have policies and procedures to ensure that “all children with disabilities . . . including children with disabilities who are homeless children or are wards of the State, and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disability, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located and evaluated.” [34 C.F.R. § 300.111(a)(i)]

      In Arizona, each public education agency must have written procedures for the identification and referral of all children with disabilities within its boundaries of responsibility, including children with disabilities attending private schools and those who are home schooled. [A.A.C. R7-2-401(D)(1)]

      Should you suspect your child has a disability, please call:

      Glendale Preschool Department at 623-237-7249 (2 years, 9 months-5 years old)

      Glendale Special Education Department at 623-237-7148 (5 years and older)

      The special education team (of which parents are members) are responsible for determining the most appropriate educational supports and services, for each child with a disability.