Special Education

While some students have few learning challenges, others may need assistance. When a concern about a student is linked to the possibility of a disability a referral to the Special Education Department is made. Any person with a concern about a student may refer the student for testing to determine a disability. For information on referring a student contact the Castle Rock School District Special Education Department at 360.501.5413.

Who decides what areas are evaluated for each student?
The evaluation team determines if an assessment is necessary and what areas are to be assessed. This team consists of the building principal, the school psychologist and the special education director. If an assessment is deemed necessary, specialists are responsible for determining if specific testing is appropriate with regard to their specialty. Motor testing is determined by motor team members. Cognitive and behavioral testing is determined by the school psychologist. Speech and language testing is determined by speech language therapists and academic assessments are determined by the special education teacher. All professionals and the parents have input and opinions on the areas of assessment. The consensus of the team is the ultimate determining factor for including or omitting a specific area of assessment.

Castle Rock School District offers free screening for developmental skills of children five years of age and younger.

General Information

Notice of Procedural Safeguards 
OSPI Special Education Information
How Special Education Works

Department Contacts

Veronica Heller
Director of Special Education

Kristina Higginbotham

Julie Johnson
School Psychologist