Special Education


Our role as Special Educators in the Andover School District is to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education to students with disabilities between the ages of three and twenty-one as required by the legal mandates of the New Hampshire Department of Education.

We will accomplish this through the following measures:

· Assessing students in all areas related to the suspected disability

· Accessibility to the regular curriculum

· Consideration of how the disability impacts the student’s learning

· Developing goals and objectives that most appropriately meet the needs of the student

· Choosing a placement in the least restrictive environment

( Fielding, Lynn. Extraordinary Parents. Kennewick: The New Foundation Press, 2009.)

    • Some students start kindergarten two years ahead, others at grade level and others up to three years behind their classmates.
    • The academic skill level of a child on the first day of school has a huge impact on the rest of the child’s educational career.
    • If he starts ahead, he has a strong beginning, if he starts behind he continues to struggle.
    • Children make anywhere from two to seven years of pre-literacy and language growth from birth to age five.