Cognitive Disabilities

Special Education
Cognitive Disabilities


Susan Effler

Special Education Coordinator, Significant Support Needs

Cindy Maas

Special Education Coordinator, Significant Support Needs

David Gudridge

Elementary Special Education Director

Susan Snowdon

Elementary Special Education

Frances Woolery-Jones

Secondary Special Education Director


In the Cherry Creek School District, students with significant support needs are served through Integrated Learning Center (ILC) programs and attend their neighborhood school as much as possible. Out of 42 elementary schools, we have 34 ILC programs with specialized staff; and all of our middle and high schools have a severe needs(ILC) program.
At the elementary level, students are included in general education with support as needed and as appropriate based on the student's strengths and needs.  General education curriculum is adapted and used as the foundation for these programs.  As with any student qualifying for special education services, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) will direct the program.
Para-educator support is present at the elementary level and fades as the students get older and more independent. A comprehensive transition plan to middle school is recommended.
At the secondary level, inclusion focuses on electives, after-school activities, and the general school community. Core subjects are sometimes taught in the resource room and applied within the community as the students move into their high school and transition years. Community-based instruction is gradually increased during the student's secondary school years.
Purposeful Inclusion is our district philosophy from preschool to age 21. Special education is a service, not a location, so individual needs should be carefully considered when determining the amount of inclusion for each student.
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