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Arlington Public Schools
Special Education Department

Director of Special Education
Alison Elmer
Phone: 781-316-3533

Main Office: 781-316-3530
Fax: 781-316-3647

Mailing Address
Arlington High School
Special Education Dept, 6th Floor
869 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA 02476

Special Education Coordinators

High School - Lynne Bennett

Middle School - Stephanie Greiner

Elementary - Kristin Burke

Elementary - Sophie Prevost

Early Childhood - Joyce Schlenger

Out of District - Chris Carlson

Special Education

The Arlington Public Schools provides a comprehensive array of programs and services from pre-school through grades 12 designed to address the needs of eligible students who have a disability and require specialized instruction.

Supporting Self Advocacy with Elise Wulff - January 2021

DESE Special Education FAQs (revised) - January 22, 2021

Tiered Focus Monitoring - December 10, 2020

DESE Back to School Letter - September 2020

Special Education Guidance - August 25, 2020

APS Special Education FAQs - August 24, 2020

SEPAC Forum Video - August 26, 2020

SEPAC Forum Presentation - August 26, 2020

COVID-19 Family Letter & Family Resource Toolbox (DESE)

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Special Educators

Educational Resources for Students and Families (DESE)


December 10, 2020

During the week of January 18, 2021, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Educationís Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Arlington Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their childís special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the districtís Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may contact Erin VandeVeer, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at or (781) 338- 3735 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at

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