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Special Education

The special education department at Cumberland Academy provides specialized learning programs and services to students with disabilities. An admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee makes decisions regarding eligibility and placement.


To be eligible for special education and related services, a student must meet the federal definition in one of the following areas: autism, blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, or visual impairment.

Philosophy for Special Education Services

We believe:

  • that all children can and do learn.
  • that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially.
  • that every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world.
  • that parents and students are valued and essential partners in the educational process.
  • that students with disabilities should have access to the total school program, including non-academic and extra-curricular activities, and that services delivered should meet standards of accessibility, accountability, and quality.
  • that given appropriate educational services, students with disabilities will achieve academic performance commensurate with their non-disabled peers.
  • that meeting the needs of individual students does not lower program standards.
  • that social development and opportunities in an educational setting prepare students for participation in society.
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Child Find / Encontrondo al Niño

Disabilities of various kinds often befall our children through injury, disease, or birth defects. Early intervention is crucial in helping these children reach their full potential. Children, ages birth through 21, may be eligible for special services if they have significant delays in motor skills, speech, learning, vision, behavior, self-help skills, or serious hearing loss.


La invalidez de varias clases a menudo afecta de un modo malo a nuestros niños por herida, enfermedad, o defectos de nacimiento. La intervención que llega temprano es crucial en la ayuda de estos niños a alcanzar su potencial a lo máximo. Los niños, años de nacimiento a los 21, pueden ser elegibles para servicios especiales si ellos tienen tardanzas significativas de habilidades de motor, discurso, aprendizaje, visión, comportamiento, habilidades de autoayuda, o la pérdida de audiencia seria.