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Special Ed Program

Our Kona Pacific special ed team works collaboratively with our general ed teachers and EAs to ensure that all our students can be successful in school, including those with learning challenges and identified disabilities.

Special education (SpEd) consists of accommodations and modifications, specially-designed instruction, support, and services provided to students with an identified disability that requires an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to meet their unique learning needs. The purpose of special education is to enable students to successfully develop to their fullest potential by providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).


To be eligible for special education:

  • A student must have an identified disability;

  • It must be shown that the disability adversely impacts the student’s educational performance; and

  • The student must require a specially-designed instructional program for them to succeed in their learning at school, i.e., it is determined that other approaches in the general ed classroom, including accommodations, aren’t enough to address the disability without also having a specially-designed instructional program / IEP.


Students with a learning challenge or disability who are not found eligible for SpEd and related services may still receive accommodations and modifications as determined by the student support team. All our students are educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that is most appropriate for them.


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