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Beachwood City Schools

Special Education

The Beachwood City Schools are committed to serving all students and their families through diverse and rigorous programs for all learners! Our exceptional students can access services in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), which ensures access to the general education curriculum in regular education classrooms, to the maximum extent possible. 

Beachwood offers a full continuum of services including but not limited to; school psychology services, speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, intervention services, audiology services, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and much more! 

What disability categories are recognized under IDEA?

In accordance with rule 3301-51-06 of the Ohio Administrative Code, students may be defined as having a disability in one of the following areas:


  • Intellectual Disability

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Deafness

  • Speech or language impairment

  • Visual Impairment

  • Autism

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Other Health Impairment (minor/major)

  • Specific Learning Disability

  • Deaf-Blindness

  • Multiple disabilities

  • Emotional Disturbance

  • Orthopedic Impairment

  • Developmental Delay (Preschool - grade 3) 

What happens if my child is struggling in school?

The Beachwood City Schools implement a Multi-tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) model, where students are given the opportunity to develop skills and close learning gaps through, targeted, research-based interventions in the general education classroom. Students who do not make progress over time with these intensive interventions may be referred for an evaluation to determine if the student is eligible for special education services. If your child is struggling, the first step is to talk with your child’s teacher about your concerns. 

State Testing 

All students in the state of Ohio take the Ohio AIR tests, for some students with an IEP the Alternate Assessment may be administered. Parents with questions regarding the Alternate Assessment can read more about it at this link: Parent Information about Ohio’s Alternate Assessment.