What is Special Education


  • The mission of Shakopee Special Education is to create a collaborative learning community that promotes the development of each learner's unique potential in an encouraging and respectful environment. Shakopee’s special education department serves approximately 1,200 children and students age birth through 21 with a variety of disabilities. A wide range of service delivery models are offered including home-based services for infants and toddlers and school-based services within the school district. We pride ourselves on the quality of our staff and on our efforts to provide programming based on the latest education research.

  • Special education is instruction, specially designed to the student, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. 

    Students with disabilities are general education students first. They receive special education support services in conjunction with the general education curriculum.

    Special education is a specialized instructional service, not a place. Special education services must be reasonably calculated to allow the student to benefit from instruction. If the student is receiving benefit from the special education services, the student will progress at his/her own individual rate. A student who has a disability may always have the disability and cannot be expected to progress in all areas at the same rate as his/her general education peers.
    Below are frequently asked questions that relate to special education.
  • What is a Disability?

  • Who Can Receive Special Education Services?

  • How Does a Student Receive Special Education Services?

  • What Should I Expect When My Child Receives Special Education Services?