Special Education

North Phoenix Prep offers a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities, who are currently eligible or are determined eligible to receive special education services and related services.

Providing access to a classical education to students with disabilities is central to North Phoenix Prep’s philosophy of education, which seeks to enrich the lives of all of our children. We believe that the unnecessary removal or compartmentalizing of any student because of special needs would result in an impoverished experience for the entire class.

As such, our practice is to include our students with disabilities to the maximum extent possible in the general classroom while supporting their development of strategies and skills through specialized instruction. This practice is guided by the mission of the special education program at North Phoenix Prep, which is dedicated to fostering our students’ perseverance through courage and introspection.

In pursuit of these virtues, our Special Education teams develop a program for each eligible student that maximizes access to the liberal arts curriculum through small-group or one-on-one instruction, both inside and outside of the regular classroom during the school day. Our teams comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and include instruction in skills and strategies in areas of deficit and may incorporate related services including, but not limited to:

  • Speech and Language services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • School-based counseling
  • Consultation with a hearing teacher

If you believe your student is a child with a disability and requires specialized instruction, or for more information about special education services at North Phoenix Prep please contact the Exceptional Student Services coordinator: Michelle Jensen: mjensen@archwaynorthphoenix.org

If your questions or concerns are not successfully addressed by the Exceptional Student Services Coordinator, please contact the Headmaster. If you are still not satisfied with how your questions and concerns have been addressed, make an appointment with the Exceptional Student Services Director at the Great Hearts Academies network office. If your concerns are still unresolved please contact the Vice President of Academics for Great Hearts Academies, or the local Governing Board.

The Special Education Policies and Procedures can be viewed here.

Information regarding parent and student rights can be found on the Arizona Department of Education website at Procedural Rights and Safeguards-English or Procedural Rights Safeguards Spanish.

Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, each charter is responsible for locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities. Within 45 calendar days of initial enrollment all students will be screened. We will notify parents within 10 calendar days if an area of concern is indicated by a classroom teacher.