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Special Education Programs

Pre-school students with disabilities may be eligible for special education services as indicated under federal law, IDEA, and state law, N.J.A.C. 1:6A. In order to receive special education services, the pre-school child will need to be referred to the Child Study Team for evaluation. Children may be eligible for services on the day of their third birthday. The initial referral should be directed to the Director of Special Services. Once a referral is received, a meeting will be convened with the parent and the pre-school Child Study Team. If the parents and the child study team agree to conduct an evaluation, an evaluation plan will be designed. An evaluation plan typically includes a multi-disciplinary set of evaluations such as a cognitive assessment, social assessment and a speech and language evaluation. Other evaluations may be added if needed. Once the evaluations are completed, an eligibility meeting will be held to determine the student's eligibility for services. If the student is eligible for special education services, an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) will be developed and services will be initiated.

The entire process, from the development of the evaluation plan to the provision of services, must be completed within 90 days. Referrals are accepted at any time of the year. If the pre-school student is receiving county-based Early Intervention, the parent is encouraged to begin the process 120 days before the child's third birthday. This will ensure that services begin on the child's third birthday if the child is eligible for such services.

Questions regarding pre-school student identification and services should be directed to the Department of Special Services. School staff and/or parents can request an evaluation in writing by sending a signed letter to Special Services - Attn: Helen Doyle-Marino or email


The Nutley Department of Special Services, in compliance with the New Jersey Administrative Code, provides quality education to its students who are educationally disabled and require special education services. Emphasis is placed on facilitating inclusion in the least restrictive environment to the fullest extent possible.  Programs are assessed on an ongoing basis to ensure that students’ individual needs are met. A range of placement options is available in accordance with Individual Education Plans.  These placements include:

•    Regular Education with Supports and Services

•    In-Class Support Resource

•    Pull-Out Support Resource

•    Resource Center Support

•    Resource Center Replacement

•    Self-Contained

The Nutley School District is committed to identifying students with disabilities that affect their ability their educational experience. If you are concerned that your child's development is delayed or that he/she is having difficulty learning, please contact us. You can make a request in writing by sending a signed letter to Special Services - Attn: Helen Doyle-Marino or email


The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.