• Special education services are available to students from ages 3 through 21 who have been diagnosed with disabilities and require specialized instruction to make effective progress in accessing the curriculum.

    Individualized education programs are cooperatively developed by the student's planning team led by a Team chairperson. The Team includes parents, the student, teachers, administrators and, when appropriate, a speech and language pathologist, occupational therapist, school psychologist, other specialists, and outside service providers. These Teams make every effort to provide the appropriate special education program to children in the least restrictive environment.\

    Many times, the special education process can seem confusing to parents/guardians with new language, rules, expectations and forms. If at any time you have a question or concern regarding your child's progress or IEP, do not hesitate to contact the Special Education Team Chairperson for your child's school or grade level. Their primary role is to assist parents and staff in and through the special education process. You may also contact the Director of Student Services


    Determining Special Education Disability Eligibility

    The Special Education Department has constructed a flowchart to show the steps in determining Special Education service eligibility for your child(ren), available in English, Spanish and Portuguese:


    Contact Us

    Brittany Smeltekop
    Director of Student Services
    Colleen Brewer
    Administrative Assistant 

    Linda Lee
    Student Services Assistant 

    Mailing Address:
    87 West Union Street
    Ashland, MA 01721

    ph: 508-881-0155
    fx:  508-881-0152

    Special Education

    Out of District Coordinator
    Robin Wurtzel
    ph:  508-532-8062
    Grade Pre-K 
    Sara Davidson
    ph:  508-881-0160
    Grades K-3
    Kathryn Bent
    ph:  508-532-8077
    Grades 4-7
    Heidi Manthei
    ph:  508-532-8056   
    Grades 8-12
    Joshua Sanford
    ph:  508-532-8020