Serious Emotional Disability

​Special Education
Serious Emotional Disability (SED)


Kimberly Avalos

Elementary, Coordinator of Special Education


Bruce Pickens

Elementary, Coordinator of Special Education

Liz Nardini

Secondary, Coordinator of Special Education
Programming options for students with a serious emotional disability are spread across a continuum of services. At the elementary level, students with relatively mild to moderate needs in this disability area receive services from the special education team at their neighborhood school. The school’s mental health team member(s) may provide consultation and/or direct services in conjunction with special education teachers as indicated on the student’s IEP.
Elementary students with more intensive needs may be referred to one of Cherry Creek School District’s center-school Behavior Development (BD) programs. These programs are located in elementary schools where there is a teacher on staff certified to teach SED students.
Students who attend our center-school programs receive school district transportation. Each student’s individual needs determine the length of placement in the center-school. The student’s neighborhood school remains in close contact with the center-school throughout the student’s placement in the BD program.
SED programming at the secondary level generally occurs in the student’s neighborhood middle school or high school.
Every secondary school has a certified teacher on staff that is qualified to work with students in this disability category. Services at the secondary level range from consultation with general education staff members to direct support provided in a separate classroom. Mental health team members at this level provide a range of support services for students with an emotional disability.
The Colorado Department of Education has guidelines to which staffing teams adhere during the identification process. If you have questions regarding SED criteria or services that are provided in the Cherry Creek School District please contact the mental health team professional at your neighborhood school.
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