What Are The Different Special Education Settings?

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What Are The Different Special Education Settings?

The NYC DOE offers a Continuum of Services for special education programs. If you have an IEP, it will mention one of these programs, which are listed here in order of least restrictive (least different from a regular classroom) to most restrictive (most different from a regular classroom):
  •  General education with supplemental aids and related services: You will be in a regular school and a regular class, but you will receive extra services during the school day, such as Speech Therapy, Counseling, Occupational Therapy, Paraprofessional
  • Support Services, Behavior Intervention Plans, or extended time on tests.
  • Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS): This used to be called “resource room.” It is time during the day when you will work with a special education teacher either in your regular classroom or in another room in the school. 
  • Collaborative Team Teaching (CTT): Your classroom will be a mixture of general education and special education students taught by one general education teacher and one special education teacher who work together. 
  • Special class in a community school: You will be in a smaller classroom with other special education students in a regular school. You can sometimes join general education classes for certain subjects, and you are entitled to all of the after-school programs, 
  • opportunities, and any other activities that the school offers.
  • Special class in a special school (District 75): You will be in a special education school with other students who have IEPs, and there will be many supports available to you. 
  • Non-public schools: You will be in a private school but the NYC DOE will be paying your tuition. If you are living at a Residential Treatment Center (RTC), you are likely attending the non-public school that is on the same grounds as your RTC. 
  • Home or hospital instruction: If you have a serious medical or psychiatric condition that prevents you from attending school, you can apply to the NYC DOE to receive home instruction. When you are in the hospital for a medical or psychiatric condition, you will receive instruction at the hospital. 
We know that there is a lot of information to take in, and it can be confusing, but there are people who can help you understand what each of these placements would mean for you as a student. You have a lawyer, social worker, guidance counselor and agency caseworker who can all answer any questions you may have.