Program Summary

Special Education is a form of learning provided to students with exceptional needs such as (cognitive learning emotional and/or behavior disabilities).
Special Education and related services are provided in public schools at no cost to parents and includes special instruction in the classroom.
Services further explained are designed to enable a child with a disability to receive a free public education as designated by the individual  IEP developed for each Special Education student.
MLK offers a continuum of services both through mild and moderate settings and center programs.

Sped Acronyms

ACE- Alternative Cooperative Education
ADD- Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD- Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
AT- Assistive Technology
BIP- Behavior Intervention Plan
ESY- Extended School Year
FAPE- Free and Appropriate Public Education
FBA- Functional Behavioral Assistance
FERPA- Family Educational Rights Privacy Act
HI- Hearing Impairment
ID- Intellectual Disability
IDEA- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
IEP- Individualized Education Plan
LRE- Least Restrictive Environment
MD- Multiple Disabilities
MH- Mental Health
MI- Multi-Intensive
MIA- Multi-Intensive Autism
MIS- Multi-Intensive Severe
MM- Mild Moderate
NCI- Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
OHI- Other Health Impairment
OSEL- Office of Social and Emotional Learning
OT- Occupational Therapist
PARA- Para Professional
PT- Physical Therapist
SEAC- Special Education Advisory Council
SED- Social Emotional Disability
SLI- Speech Language Impairment
SLP- Speech Language Pathologist
SPED- Special Education
SSP- Special Service Provider
STAR- Students Transitioning to Adult Resources
WES-Work Study & Experience

Center Programs

Mild Moderate (MM)
Students usually have mild academic or behavioral difficulties and can often be very successful with limited or moderate special education supports.

Multi-Intensive (MI)
Provides a functional approach to academic and life skills for students with moderate to severe delays in cognition, academic achievement, and/or
adaptive behaviors.  Programming provides students with opportunities to develop academic, social, and transition competencies essential to becoming
productive citizens to their communities.  Students are taught life long skills that will maximize the potential to live, work and participate within society.

Multi-Intensive Severe (MIS)
This program serves pupils who frequently manifest multiple disabilities. Curriculum emphasis is in development of basic skills and concepts.  Motor,
communication and social skills are infused throughout all areas.

Multi-Intensive Autism (MIA)
The MIA center is geared more specifically to meeting the needs of students with autism or autistic-like behaviors which is also available as part of a
continuum of services. The range of services must be available to students so that they can be served in the Least Restrictive Environment.



Center Teachers:

Camille Galaviz- AM/MI SPED Teacher, Senior Team Lead

Whitney Vaughns-PM/MI SPED Teacher/WES Instructor

Emily Bevington-MI-S SPED Teacher

Jameelah Whimbush-MI-A SPED Teacher (Middle School)

Nicholas Lake-MI-A High School SPED Teacher



Athena Lopez-MI

Paulina Mory-MI

Cynthia Hunt-Brown-MI-A

Lizabeth Gish-MI-A

Sandra Fortune-MI-A

Lisa Marie Levine-MI-A

Loretta Haswell-MI-A

Chris Tyler-MI-S

Joseph Segall-MI-S

Theresa Hernandez-MI-S

Ashley Hawkins-M/M


Special Service Providers:

Susan McDonald-School Psychologist

Pitou Ireland-School Social Worker

Felicia Hawkins-School Nurse

Julianne Fair-Physical Therapist

Denise Davis-Speech Language Pathologist

Wendy Ettles-Occupational Therapist

Tara Aronson-Audiologist

-Deaf Hard/Hearing


School Support Partners:

-Support Partner

Sandy Ortiz-Associate Support Partner

Sharon Felser- Associate Support Partner

Cathy Kromery-Associate Support Partner

LaVerne Buchanan-Donaldson- OSEL Partner



Registration-July 28th (9-3PM)

July 29th (8-11AM)

August 1st-3rd-Student Screener Days (9-Noon)

Porch Visits-August 17th (9:30-11:30AM)

First Day of School-August 21st (6th and 9th grade ONLY)

August 22nd (All grades)

Back to School Night/Resource Fair (4-7PM)

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events:

(Updates Coming in August)

Special Olympics

ARMS Wed Testing Days

PARCC Testing Days




Reports Cards

PM Monitoring


DPS Transportation

Transportation Services is committed to providing the highest level of service and support for students with disabilities.  Their goal is to ensure a safe and pleasant trip to and from school for all students.

For students identified for Special Educations Services, the IEP and program designation will determine if your child requires transportation.  The Department of Transportation must receive and complete accurate information regarding your student’s special needs from the Department of Student Services to ensure safe transportation. (pamphlet in Spanish)


Please note: A parent, guardian or designated adult must meet the bus when driver instructions indicate that the student cannot be left unattended.  The responsible adult must be seen at the door of the bus before the student is released.

Routing Questions: (Speak to someone regarding bus routes) 720.433.4699 (M-F 7:30-4:30)

Bus Dispatch: (Speak to someone on specific bus)

Northeast Terminal: (4937 Dallas St.) 720.424.1863

Parent Tips

Nurse Info-Felicia Hawkins-School Clinic- 720-424-0488

Denver Health’s School Based Health Clinic (SBHCs)-offer specialized pediatric focused care to treat most health conditions that affect school-aged children.  Services are available throughout the school year to any Denver Public Schools (DPS) student or child that attends a DPS affiliated Early Childhood Education (ECE) center within Denver County. SBHCs offer convenient care that limits the amount of time students are out of class and parent/guardians have to be off work.  In many cases, students are able to get same day or next day appointments.  More information on health center locations can be found on our locations page below. services/school-based health centers

ESY– The purpose of the Extended School Year (ESY) Program is to maintain students’ Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals from the previous school year.

CDE Office of SPED – This site/office is a resource to teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional educational needs due to disability, or with some other special need.

Medicaid Resources – A jointly funded, Federal-State health insurance program that covers children, the aged, blind, and/or disabled and other people who are eligible to receive federally assisted income maintenance payments.

Family and Community Engagement – Family and Community Engagement (FACE) fosters school communities that are educated, engaged and empowered to share the responsibility in creating thriving schools where Every Child Succeeds.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) – The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) consists of members interested in the quality of education received by children and youth with special needs. The committee includes parents of individuals with disabilities, educators, administrators and representatives from a variety of related agencies. SEAC’s purpose is to educate members and families on special education topics and inform members of proposed legislation concerning special education.

Parent Rights (Procedural Safeguards) – This form describes the Educational Rights of Parents and Due Process Procedures

IEP Procedural Guidance (CDE) – A guide to the IEP process.



*ACEConnect-A support program that prepares studnets with disabilities by ensuring that they are post-secondary and workforce-ready.  Students may choose to enter any industry, and ACEConnect helps them to build the soft skills that align with  their career choice (Ex. WES/WESS)

*CareerX Industry Exploration Program-This program provides real-world exposure to companies in each student’s field of study.  Students learn about careers available within a particular industry and observe the work performed by people in those careers.  They also learn about post-high school educational paths to careers they observe.

*18-21 Transitional Program/ (STAR/STEP-UP)- These transition programs offer a continuum of support for students to access post-secondary education, employment, and independent living options after completing credits required for graduation.  They provide case management, coaching and direct instruction in the areas of community access, adult independent living and job readiness.

WES Program



Coming in August


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