Eligibility of Services
Who is eligible?
Any child between the ages of 3 and 21, whose parents/guardians are legal residents of Sparta, is a potential candidate for services.
A child between the ages of 3 and 5 can be evaluated by the Child Study Team (CST) to determine if an educational disability exists. Parents should write a letter addressed to the Director of Special Services stating the concerns that they have regarding their child. Within twenty days of receipt of the letter, a pre-planning meeting will be set up with one of our CST members. At this meeting a decision will be made as to whether an evaluation is warranted.
Any child who is having difficulty in school should be referred to the school-based Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Team, to find solutions to those difficulties. If school-based, general education efforts do not resolve the difficulty, the I&RS Team may make a referral to the Child Study Team. Parents are part of the process and are informed before any action is taken.
Parents have the option of making a direct referral to the Child Study Team; however, working with the school-based I&RS Team is recommended as a appropriate first step in most situations.
All requests for referral must be made in writing with parent signature to the following address:
Sparta Special Services Office
c/o Sparta High School
70 West Mountain Road
Sparta, NJ 07871