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 your local school principal 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. Our special education programs 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.
The following links provided will connect to the Arizona State website to assist with any questions one may have regarding state compliance for special education programs and procedural safeguards.
Special Education Administrative Secretary
Special Education Coordinator
Dr. John Hecht Jr
Special Education Achievement Advisor
Compliance and Records Specialist
Medicaid Budget Technician
Elba Dakey Acopa
Preschool Administrative Secretary
Special Education Fax Number