Special Education

The Special Education department at Clark Middle School is here to provide instructional and ancillary support for students and families. Special education services are available to students from ages 3 through 21 who experience disabilities. Individual special education programs are cooperatively developed by an individual education planning (IEP) team which includes parents, teachers, administrators, and, when appropriate, other specialists. These teams make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in a setting as close to the regular classroom as possible. 

Definitions used in Special Education 

Children experiencing disabilities are guaranteed a free appropriate public education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA '97) and Alaska state regulations. Alaska State regulations also provide a definition for gifted students; for more information about gifted education in the Anchorage School District, go to: www.asdk12.org/depts/gifted/. Parents can also contact their child's teacher/counselor or the ASD gifted office at 907-742-3794. 

A child is a "qualified disabled person" under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if he or she

  1. has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (such as caring for one's self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment; and
  2. is of an age at which it is mandatory under state law to provide preschool, elementary, secondary, or adult education to the disabled (in Alaska State, ages 3 to 21). [34 CFR 104.3(j) and (k)(2)].

A child with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is a "qualified disabled person" under Section 504 if

  1. he or she is between the ages of 3 to 21, and
  2. the disabling condition substantially limits the child's ability to learn or to otherwise benefit from his or her education program.

Anchorage School District recognizes the need for physical access to school facilities by individuals with mobility impairments. While not all buildings are fully accessible, each student with a mobility impairment will have an equal opportunity to educational programs within the district. Students are afforded the opportunity to have an accessibility study completed relating individual needs to the facility of choice to determine the appropriateness of that facility. Please contact the building principal with questions or requests. 

For more information regarding special education services, your parent rights under IDEA and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, or other programs serving individual needs, visit the ASD 504 Policy Web site 


Special Education Handbook 
The online handbook is designed for use by district staff and parents to locate special education state regulations and district policy and procedures.

Complying with IDEA 2004
Learn how the new IDEA will advance the educational success of children with disabilities as well as improve special education conditions.

New Guidance
Keep track of additional guidance posted in 2009-10

Section 504
The Special Education Division also monitors the provision of Section 504 Plans for those students who experience qualifying medical or mental health disabilities. Section 504 requires school staff to provide eligible students with disabilities with a free appropriate public education in which the benefits and opportunities are comparable to those provided to non-disabled students.