Student Support and Special Education Processes

APS Student Support Process
During the spring of 2019, Arlington Public Schools (APS) developed a streamlined process for supporting student learning and responding to concerns. As we recognize and value the importance of family engagement, we want to be sure that you are knowledgeable about the process, and are aware of ways in which you can partner with your child’s school should concerns arise regarding your child’s academic, social-emotional, and/or behavioral needs. The Student Support Manual was revised in August, 2020.

Student Support Team Process Overview
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Student Support Process Overview – Spanish – PROCESO DE APOYO ESTUDIANTIL

View Student Support Manual

Student Support Manual cover imageConcerns about your child’s academics, social-emotional development/skills or behavior?

Families are encouraged to always first reach out to staff working directly with your child (i.e. your child’s teacher(s), or school counselor) to discuss your concerns. If you wish to request a formal Student Support Team meeting to consider an intervention plan, Section 504 eligibility, and/or a referral to special education, please contact your school’s Student Support Coordinator. A list of Student Support Coordinators is online at:

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The Parent Resource Center team is always glad to talk with families about navigating the Student Support Process, and has a series of online learning modules that provide information about the Student Support Process and the special education process, including referral, at:

Special Education Process
5 blue boxes with arrows leading from one box to the next. The first box says, "Referral," the second box says," Student Support Team Meeting (If disability is suspected, assessments are recommended)", The next box says, "Assessments," the next box says,"Eligibility Meeting (If child is eligible, an IEP meeting will be scheduled within in 30 calendar days)", and the last box says, "Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Meeting"




Special Education Eligibility Worksheets

Special Education Online Learning Modules 

To learn more, please contact the Parent Resource Center (PRC) at 703.228.7239 or and explore our website with resources, videos and information for families at

Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) Guidelines