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Special Education

What is Special Education?

Bear Lake County School District Special Education programs exist to provide services to county students who meet eligibility requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) under one of the thirteen disability categories allowed in the State of Idaho.  All district schools are served by special education professionals and related service providers, but not all schools offer the same programs.  The District seeks to meet its obligations under the law to provide Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to all eligible students and to do this within the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).  Services will be provided in a student’s home school to the extent that this is appropriate.


What is Our Vision?

Our vision is provide an education where every student with special needs,regardless of disability, has the opportunity to grow and learn in a secure environment where individual needs are assessed and nurtured.


What is Our Mission?

Our mission is to provide all students with special needs an opportunity to flourish in a learning environment where academics, social/emotional learning  and independence are fostered.


What are Our Goals?

  • To help students succeed.
  • To support students, families, teachers and administrators.
  • To develop support systems with general education.
  • To represent the misrepresented.
  • To provide direct instruction in fundamental skills.
  • To accelerate learning.
  • To ensure the least restrictive environment.
  • To function as a team.
  • To follow the law. 


Need More Information? 

For more information or with any questions, please contact:

Holly K. Tanner

Director of Special Education

Office:  208-945-2891

Fax:  208-945-2893