The Special Education Department serves eligible students who meet the following:
Kentwood Public Schools identifies students under the eligibility of Specific Learning Disability by using a pattern of strengths and weaknesses. Decision rules for determining a pattern of strengths and weaknesses can be obtained by contacting the Special Education Office at 616-554-3980.
It is the mission of the Kentwood Public Schools Special Education Department to provide excellence and equity in education. Our goal is for all students with special needs to master essential skills and become successful, productive citizens.
Child Find activities are provided by Kentwood Public Schools to assure we meet the requirements of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA). IDEA requires identification and evaluation of all children (0-25) residing in the State of Michigan who are suspected of having a disability that may affect their educational performance and who are in need of special education and/or related services. This includes children with disabilities who are homeless or are wards of the State and children with disabilities attending private schools regardless of the severity of their disability. If you feel your child may have a disability that prohibits him/her from succeeding educationally, please contact Kentwood Public Schools Child Find Hotline at 616-871-1000.
If your child is under 3 years old, please contact 1-800-Early On (327-5966) or go to 1800EarlyOn.com to complete a referral for an Early On Evaluation.
The Kentwood Special Education Department is committed to eliminating barriers that are grounded in systemic bias, structural racism, and other forms of racial disparities for our Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color with disabilities. In support of our students with disabilities reaching their fullest potential, we will actively engage in learning and leadership to:
Toni Moore, Director of Special Education
Special Education Office
4479 Kalamazoo Avenue
Kentwood, MI 49508
(616) 554 - 3980