District 99 is a member of SASED (School Association for Special Education in DuPage County), and special education involvement is directed through the local school attendance area. Procedures for referral, placement, and program development are coordinated by the Department Chair for Special Services. District 99, and its associated districts in SASED, provide programs for students ages 3 through 21.
Students are serviced through a broad spectrum of educational programming. Placement into any programs/courses is determined at a multidisciplinary conference where an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed to address the need for more intensive instruction.
Every eligible student is assigned a case manager at the beginning of the school year to coordinate their IEP services. The case manager is the primary contact for day to day issues and services. Case managers reach out to parents/guardians in the first week of school.
Continuum of Services
North offers a variety of services to students and programs to support students.
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior/Senior, or ED TEAM- services are primarily provided in co-taught or instructional LD/ED (INLD/ED) classes and include LRC (a structured class to provide academic, transition, and functional supports).
Supportive ED- services are primarily provided in a self-contained environment for students who's emotional needs require a wraparound support. Most graduation requirements can be met within Supportive programming. Courses are offered on a two year sequence. 2022-2024 Course Sequence.
Ready- services are primarily provided in a self-contained environment for students who's academic and functional needs require a wraparound support. All graduation requirements can be acheived within Ready programming. Courses are offered on a four year sequence. 2022-2026 Ready Course Sequence.
Initial Evaluation for Special Education Services
Students seeking special education services should contact their counselor to determine options for general education interventions and to discuss the IEP evaluation process. In order to be eligible for services a student needs to have a disability, an adverse educational impact due to the disability, and require specialized instruction in order to teach skills (which are provided through specialized classes). All students with a disability do not require special education.
Students with disabilities who do not qualify for special education under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. In order to be eligible for a 504 Plan the student (i) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (ii) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (iii) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. Please visit the Counseling and Student Support Services (CSSS) webpage for questions regarding Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. North High CSSS Webpage.
Questions about programming, assessment, and placement of students or the provision of special education services should be directed to:
Jorie Burtnette, North Special Services Department Chair (630-795-8040)