Provo School District offers a comprehensive program of special education services designed to provide a learning environment that helps a child progress in his/her individualized educational program.
If you are aware of a child who may have a disability, that affects their learning to such a degree that it may require special education services, please contact your local school principal or the Provo Special Education Department at (801) 374-4883.
Provo School District is responsible for Child Find identification and evaluation for all students suspected of having a disability residing in Provo. This includes children (birth through 21 years of age) who are in public schools, private schools, are being home schooled, are preschoolers (birth to five years) and are in need of an evaluation for possible special education or early intervention services. Early identification and intervention may be essential to your child’s development.
If your child is having significant difficulty with vision, hearing, speech, behavior, is experiencing slow development typical for his/her age, physical development or learning difficulty, he/she may be a child with a disability that requires specialized instruction through special education. If you suspect that your school age child may have a disability, please contact your neighborhood school principal or special education personnel.
If your child’s age is birth to three years, contact the Provo Early Intervention Program at 801-852-4525.
If your child’s age is three to five years, contact Sunrise Preschool at 801-374-4915.
If you need any information not contained in this announcement, contact the Provo Special Education Department at 801-374-4883.
Numerous local resources are available to Provo parents with children that have special needs. These agencies and organizations provide services and information to support parents and families. They are listed alphabetically:
Carson Smith Scholarship Program
The Carson Smith Special Needs Scholarship provides tuition assistance for special education students enrolled in eligible private schools. Prospective applicants must have an identified disability and is in need of specialized instruction through Special Education. The student must be at least five years of age before September 1 in order to apply for the scholarship. The amount of the Special Needs Scholarship awarded to an eligible student depends on the level of special education services the student would receive if enrolled in a public school. The Special Needs Scholarship program is funded annually by appropriations through the Utah Legislature. Scholarships are not guaranteed and are subject to the availability of funds. More information can be found on the USOE website. Simply type in Special Needs (Carson Smith) Scholarship under the search option and you will go directly to the scholarship site.
School districts and charter schools are required by Utah law, 53A1a-704(10), to inform parents of students with IEPs enrolled in public schools of the availability of a scholarship to attend a private school through the “Carson Smith Scholarship Program”:
- No later than 30 days after the student initially qualifies for an IEP
- Annually, no later than February 1 to all students who have IEPs
- Include the address of the Internet website maintained by the USOE that provides prospective applicants and their parents with program information and application forms for the CSS Program – USOE Website
- And post the CSS internet website on the school district’s or school’s website