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Exceptional Education

The Williamsville Central School District is committed to providing all students with a free and appropriate public education.  In order to meet the needs of a diverse population, the District offers alternative programs, supplementary aids, special education services, and Gifted Programming Services.

Special Education consists of specially designed instruction for students (ages 3-22 years) who are identified by either the District Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) or the Committee on Special Education (CSE) as having a disability which interferes with learning.  The CPSE and CSE are multidisciplinary teams of parents and professionals responsible for determining eligibility, coordinating evaluations, and recommending programs or services.

The committees, appointed by and responsible to the Board of Education, hold meetings to respond to initial referrals.  The District is committed to identifying children with disabilities and providing necessary, appropriate services and support within the least restrictive environment. If you suspect your child has a disability, please contact your building principal or the Office of Exceptional Education and Student Services.

In addition, all children receiving special education services are entitled to a review at least once yearly.  The purpose of this annual review is to recommend the continuation, modification, or termination of the provision of special education programs and supports.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend these annual reviews, typically held at the child’s school of attendance.

LINK: Procedural Safeguards Notice: Rights for Parents of Children with Disabilities, Ages 3-21

Students residing within the Williamsville Central School District who are classified as having a disability in accordance with the Part 200 Regulations of the Commissioner of Education are provided with appropriate special education and/or related services within the least restrictive environment necessary to address their specific needs.  Every consideration is given by the Committee on Special Education (CSE) to provide special education services at the child’s home school and/or within the boundaries of the Williamsville School District.

Williamsville Central School District provides a continuum of services to students with disabilities.  The continuum varies from full inclusion within general education classes to full-day placement in center-based, BOCES/agency-operated programs.  The CSE determines placement based upon individual student strengths, challenges, goals, desired learning outcomes and required support.

Overview of Exceptional Education

Williamsville Special Education PTSA

The Williamsville Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association (SEPTSA) brings together families of students with special education and/or gifted programming needs who attend schools and/or live within the Williamsville Central School District. SEPTSA creates support networks for families with similar circumstances and sponsors workshops and presentations on topics to help members better advocate for their children as well as increase their understanding of various disabilities and diagnoses.


Exceptional Education Staff