GCPA: Online School for Students in Special Education
Grand Canyon Private Academy (GCPA) embraces the opportunity to service all students. Our online school offers a Special Education program to help your student get the support they need to thrive in school and beyond.
How Special Education Works at GCPA
GCPA's Special Education program supports students who are eligible through an incoming IEP/ISP, an evaluation report, or a 504 plan. Students with disabilities will be provided the K12 curriculum with accommodations as determined by the school team and parent/guardian.
Special Education teachers will work with students to provide the program as written in the student’s Individual Special Education Plan (ISEP), which is developed by GCPA staff and the parent/guardian. The focus of the Special Education program is to provide appropriate academic support to close the gap between where a student is currently achieving and meeting grade-level standards.
For GCPA students who live in Arizona, additional services or therapies may be covered by the Arizona ESA. GCPA will provide the student's guardian with an ESA list of approved providers for these services.
Questions about Special Education Services should be directed to Sandi Brueck, Special Education Administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Curriculum to Help Support Any Student’s Special Needs
GCPA is a K12-powered school, and the K12 curriculum supports our online special education services and programs. It combines digital learning and opportunities for offline work in addition to helping students build meaningful connections with their teachers and peers.
The curriculum and class schedule are flexible, enabling students to work at their own pace and structure their day as needed for optimal learning. This method can help accommodate specific circumstances like appointments for students who need special education support.
Supportive & Qualified Teachers
Our certified teachers help students identify and target their strengths while also letting them explore and find academic approaches that work for them. They’re there to provide support in areas where students may need more guidance and build tailored approaches where necessary to help every student achieve their goals.
Child Find refers to the fact that under federal law, a state must have policies and procedures in place to ensure that all children with disabilities who may need special education services are found and evaluated.
GCPA will communicate with the resident district to identify, locate, and evaluate all enrolled children who may have disabilities. Disability, as stated in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), includes such conditions as hearing, visual, speech, or language impairment, specific learning disability, emotional disturbance, cognitive disability, other health or physical impairment, autism, and traumatic brain injury.
In order to comply with the Child Find requirements, GCPA will help ensure that all GCPA students with disabilities—regardless of the severity of their disability, who are in need of special education and related services—are identified, located, and evaluated by their resident districts, including students with disabilities who are homeless or students who are wards of the state.
Parent/guardian permission and involvement is a vital piece of the process. Once a student has been identified as having a "suspected disability" or identified as having a disability by their resident district, GCPA will ask the student or the student’s parent/guardian for information about the child such as:
How has the suspected disability or identified disability hindered the student’s learning?
What has been done, educationally, to intervene and correct the student’s emerging learning deficits?
What educational or medical information relative to the suspected disability or identified disability is available to be shared with the school?
This information may also be obtained from the student’s present or former teachers, therapists, doctors, or from other agencies that have information about the student.
All information collected will be held in strict confidence and released to others only with parental permission or as allowed by law. In keeping with this confidence, GCPA will keep a record of all persons who review confidential information. In accordance with state regulations, parents have the right to review their child's records.
Special Education (IEP) or Service Agreements (504 Plans)
Once the evaluation process is completed by the student’s resident district and eligibility has been determined, the resident district may offer an Individual Service Plan (ISP) or 504 Plan. At this point, GCPA will complete an individualized Special Education plan (ISEP) for the student, indicating the Special Education program and accommodations that will be provided. The ISEP will be developed in collaboration with the student’s parent/guardian.
Request for Parent/Guardian Interpreter Services or Disability Accommodations
Professional interpreter services may be requested at any time for parents/guardians of students with disabilities by contacting Sandi Brueck at email@example.com.
Additionally, if any parent/guardian has a disability or other limitation that would impact their ability to participate fully in their child’s educational planning process, GCPA would be happy to discuss accommodations that may be available to maximize the parent/guardian’s participation. Individuals seeking to discuss accommodations for this reason may contact Sandi Brueck at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Privacy & Confidentiality
GCPA follows protocols to ensure students' records remain confidential both within its central office and across school systems and databases.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies for special education?
For a student to qualify for special education services, they must have a documented disability that is covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and have a need for special education in order to access the general education curriculum.
What does “accommodations” mean?
"Accommodations" refer to tools or strategies a school provides that are used to ensure students have access to the general curriculum. For a student who has a reading or visual disability, for example, accommodations could mean reading tests aloud or using text-to-speech software
What does “modifications” mean?
"Modifications" refer to adjustments made regarding how much a student is expected to do or learn. Modifications may include shortened assignments, less rigorous goals, or modified test or project formats or requirements.
What are the benefits of online school for students with special needs?
For students with special education needs, online school options provide the opportunity to progress at their own pace, participate on their own terms, utilize assistive technology, and adjust coursework as necessary. This enables students who might otherwise have a difficult time in physical school settings still have access to a quality education.
What can I do to help my student in special education?
If your student has a learning disability or other special education needs, do your research so you can become an advocate for your student in finding the right support and programs for them. Ensure that you choose a school that can follow through on your student’s needs and keep an open line of communication with the administration.