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    Twice Exceptional "2e" Services for Students

    We believe it is our responsibility to make every effort to ensure that each child, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, language proficiency, learning style or disability, achieves to their highest level.

    First “e” - Highly Capable Abilities

    Highly Capable students are identified so that they may receive the interventions necessary to best serve their needs. They typically need differentiated services provided in environments that encourage and nurture inquiry, flexibility, and critical and creative thinking.

    Second “e” - Disability

    All human beings have strengths and challenges. When an individual has a challenge or impairment, physical or mental, that is significant enough to limit their ability to participate in activities of daily life, it is defined as a disability. School is a vital part of daily life for all children. Special education is one way in which Seattle Public Schools supports students with disabilities so that they can participate fully in their education. Approximately 13% of Seattle Public School students receive special education services and approximately 10% of students receive advanced learning services. And, 100% of students are general education students.

    In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), we have an unconditional commitment to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for every student, regardless of (dis)ability.

    All students have a right to be included in the general education setting, making it the default Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). For some students however, specific learning needs make an alternative setting the most appropriate and least restrictive learning environment.  LRE and access to instruction in the most appropriate setting must be considered when designing placement, learning settings and the delivery of appropriate specially designed instruction (SDI) for students demonstrating the need for advanced learning Services. Additionally, LRE will vary across instructional content and settings throughout the school day.

    Placement defines the setting, intensity and instructional content of each student’s services both  to define the nature of Advanced Learning and Special Education Services. Placement is always an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Team decision and the team should consider the following factors when determining the most appropriate placement for students determined to be Twice Exceptional:

    Intensity of Services

    Least Restrictive Environment

    Instructional Content