We Educate for Excellence

Special Education

Our Philosophy

The Westlake City Schools offer a legally mandated continuum of services for students with special needs. Students are serviced within the least restrictive environment in a cross-categorical manner. This means that regardless of the student’s disability, students are educated in the environment that is best-suited or adapted to meet the individual’s needs.


What is an IEP

An Individualized Education Plan is an educational plan for your child. If your child receives special education services, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that your child have an IEP. More information here.

What is an MFE or ETR?

A multi-factored evaluation (or Evaluation Team Report, the two are interchangeable) is an in-depth analysis of a person's psychological and educational functioning. The MFE/ETR includes all factors related to learning including intelligence, learning style, specific social or emotional problems and any other factors that can influence one's ability to learn and function in school, college or the workplace.

What is a 504 Plan?

The "504" in "504 plan" refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, which specifies that no one with a disability can be excluded from participating in federally funded programs or activities, including elementary, secondary or postsecondary schooling. Find more information here.

Intervention Specialists

Our Intervention Specialists have specialized training, which is required to assist in meeting the needs of identified students.

Related Service Providers

Related service providers include, but are not limited to, the school psychologist, speech and language pathologist, school nurse, counselor, prevention coordinator, physical therapist, occupational therapist, visual impairment specialist and work-study coordinator.