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Office of Special Education

Services for students with disabilities
from birth through age 21


MCPS Special Education Department Services Birth to 21 OverviewIn order to improve the academic performance and achievement of students with disabilities, the Department of Special Education Services (DSES) ensures access to Montgomery County Public Schools' (MCPS) curricula and compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA).  DSES is responsible for the implementation of Individualized Family Service Plans and Individualized Education Programs, monitors access to rigorous high-quality instruction for students with disabilities, offers a broad range of early intervention services, and supports the development of appropriate skills to prepare students for postsecondary opportunities upon attaining a high school diploma or Maryland High School Certificate of Completion to access the pathways to college and workforce readiness.


Services by Location

  • Use the School Assignment Tool to locate your child's Home School
  • Identify the following Special Education services listed by Home School

Birth to 21 Overview:

Services by Age Group

services for all ages

All Age Groups

birth to 3

Birth to 3


Early Childhood Ages 3-5


K-12/Elementary Secondary

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