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Special Education Department

Minneapolis Public Schools offers a wide-range of Special Education programs and services. To receive special education services, a student must first be evaluated and meet state criteria. Once qualified, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is developed for the student. Programs and services are provided to students and their families beginning at birth through age 21 or completion of a secondary education program. Special education is also available for students who live in Minneapolis that attend nonpublic schools.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to ensure that all students with disabilities learn. We support their growth into knowledgeable, skilled and confident citizens capable of succeeding in their work, personal and family lives into the future.

Advocacy Services

The Minneapolis Public Schools Special Education Department offers advocacy services to parents who have students with disabilities. The advocate responds to questions, concerns and complaints, and helps parents understand their rights and responsibilities in the special ed process. The advocate works directly and collaboratively with parents, school staff, district departments, and as needed with outside agencies to develop comprehensive and inclusive plans to promote school success for children with disabilities. Contact Cy Thompson for more information.

Parents of High School Students
If you have a student in high school that receives special education services or speech and language services, we need to hear from you! This brief survey will take you about 10 minutes to complete, and will help as we plan for improving Transition services to high school students. Your responses are confidential.

(MPS) has commissioned a Transition Task Force comprised of parents and staff, to provide recommendations for transition planning and programming for secondary students with disabilities.  We are committed to provide educational and career development experiences to help our students make a successful transition from school to postsecondary education, employment and independent living. 
Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your valuable input!

Take Survey Here