• This group is dedicated to providing resources, support and learning opportunities to our parents as it relates to students who have different leaning styles and abilities. Areas of focus include Special Education, Gifted Education, Tiers of Support, 504 Plans, EIP, ESOL, and therapy services.

    We hope to provide support and understanding of resources available within CAE, APS, and throughout our community. If you are interested in learning more about available Special Services, please contact the appropriate person listed here:

    For school and academic questions, please contact Mr. TJ Cross at 404.802.8400

    Who is eligible for special education?

    Children with disabilities are eligible for Special Education and related services when they meet IDEA’s definition of a “child with a disability” in combination with state and local policies. IDEA’s definition of a “child with a disability” lists 13 different disability categories under which a child may be found eligible for special education and related services. IDEA describes what each of these disability categories means. You’ll find those descriptions online at: http://www.nichcy.org/disability/categories/

    What does it mean to receive special education services?

    In general, Special Education services provide specially designed instruction that involves modifications to the curriculum itself and/or the way the curriculum is taught to meet the specific needs of the student. Other Special Education-related services such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy may also be needed. These are just a few of the related services that could be provided.

    What special services are being provided to our Cleveland Avenue community?

    Special Education services are geared to minimize the impact of a student’s disability through a continuum of services, ranging from services provided in the general education classroom to fully contained classroom settings depending on the severity of the disabilities. Teaching methods used at CAE include Paraprofessional support in the classroom, co-teaching, and pull out resource services.

    In addition to Special Education, CAE also provides many other students with a variety of additional educational options. These special services include Gifted Education (Challenge), 504 Plans, EIP, ESOL, and Tiers of Support.