Special Education Services
Explore special education services at K12-powered schools
K12-powered schools are dedicated to empowering high-quality, personalized learning to help students learn in ways that work for them. This commitment to leveraging technology and curriculum to help students fulfill their academic potential includes students with special needs. Explore how a personalized approach to online special education can help your student achieve their academic goals.
Students who have a documented disability may receive support, accommodations, modifications, or related services as required by law.
Special education programs at K12-powered schools combine digital learning, independent projects away from the screen, and online connections with teachers and fellow classmates.
Your student can engage with their peers across the nation with extracurricular activities including clubs, showcases, workshops, and online summer camp.
K12 Powered Special Education Programs
Schools powered by K12 work to awaken the power of learning in every student through personalized learning programs, engaging courses, compassionate teachers, and a vibrant school community. Program structure and resources are designed to maximize the special education experience for both students and Learning Coaches.
Personalized education experience that aligns with your student’s IEP
Tools in the Online School and K12 app
Opportunities for students and Learning Coaches to connect with peers
Extracurricular activities for students to foster new friendships
Services and support may vary by state. Please find school options in your state and visit the school website for specific details related to special education.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Curious about special education services offered by K12-powered schools? Read some of the most common questions and answers.
Who qualifies for special education?
Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the law requires public schools to provide special education services to students age 3–21 who meet certain criteria. In order for a student to qualify for special education services they must have a documented disability that is covered under IDEA and need special education to access the general education curriculum.
What are "accommodations"?
"Accommodations" refers to tools or strategies used to ensure that students have access to general curriculum. This could include reading tests aloud to students or using text-to-speech software for students who have reading or visual disabilities.
What are "modifications"?
"Modifications" are adjustments that are made to how much a student is expected to do or learn. Modifications could include shortened assignments, less rigorous goals, or modified test or project formats or requirements.
What do "related services" include?
"Related services" refer to supports that are not strictly educational, such as occupational therapy, counseling, and social work.
My child struggles in some subjects and often needs more time or support. Would they have extra time and help, if needed?
Time outside of scheduled online classes is flexible. Students may spend more time on particular subjects as needed. Students are expected to work in their courses daily and meet certain assignment and progress goals. Many schools offer small group instruction for students who are struggling. Other services and accommodations may be available depending on student needs and programs offered in your state.