Cascade Parent Partnership


Special Education

Special Education Services at Cascade

Visit the Seattle Public Schools Special Education page for district information.

Cascade offers special education services through a Resource Room model (Service Model 1) and students also have access to related services, including Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy and/or Occupational Therapy. Cascade’s service model does not support modified courses or self-contained educational settings.

Qualification Process

All students access different levels of intervention and accommodation through a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). A site team makes recommendations based on collected evidence for student evaluation. Based on this evaluation conducted by a district psychologist and with input from staff, students and parents, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written.

Delivery of Services

IEPs are written and served based on student needs, not what schools can offer. As a result of the uniqueness of student class schedules and the structure and length of class offerings, Cascade has a limited model of support. In many cases, an IEP may require more Specially-designed Instruction (SDI) minutes than can be offered at Cascade, given the limited student contact hours. Students with IEPs requiring more SDI minutes than can be provided at Cascade enroll as part-time students and parents are able to decide which services identified in the IEP they want served.Students are provided specially-designed instruction in a special education setting with individual or small group instruction.

The IEP service delivery schedule will be determined by student need and schedule availability.

  1. Cascade strives to match services to student class schedules, but this is not always possible.
  2. Students may be asked to attend regularly scheduled individual or small group services at Cascade’s discretion, at any period between 8am and 3:30pm, Mondays through Fridays.

Parents/guardians must ensure that students arrive on time to all scheduled meetings. Students who are unable to attend services due to personal schedule conflicts or who have three or more unexcused service session absences in a semester may be exited from Cascade.

District Curriculum Materials

Assessment Help

MAP Assessment:

  • NWEA (NWEA is the company which produces MAP)

State Assessment: 

State Standards Help