Special education and related services are available to resident children attending public, private and parochial schools who are identified as being educationally disabled in any of the following areas:
- Specific learning disabilities
- Emotional disturbance
- Intellectual disability
- Speech or language impairment
- Orthopedic impairment
- Other health impairments
- Visual impairment/blind
- Hearing impairment and deafness
- Traumatic brain injury
- Young child with a developmental delay
- Multiple disabilities
Special education and related services are offered to eligible students starting on their third birthday and continuing to age 21. Services are provided within the local district, through State School Programs for Severely Disabled, by contractual agreement with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education-approved not-for-profit agencies, or purchase of services from neighboring school districts. For more information about special education services, contact the special services department at 636-327-3800, ext. 20341.
The Health Services department consists of nurses with specialized expertise in addressing the well-being, academic success and lifelong achievement of students. The nurses accomplish this through: facilitating positive responses to normal development, by promoting wellness, health and safety, by intervening in actual or potential health problems; by collaborating with other staff to address student needs for self-management, by working as case managers, student advocates and educators. In addition, the nurses advocate for health and wellness promotion to parents and the surrounding community. For more information, contact the special services department at 636-327-3800 ext. 20342.
Horizons (Gifted and Talented):
The Wentzville School District Gifted Program, known as Horizons, serving children in elementary, middle and high school who have been identified as possessing superior general intellectual ability. These students demonstrate excellence in most academic areas as opposed to a single area and maintain consistently high performance in reasoning and conceptualizing skills and the unusual ability to use divergent and evaluative thinking skills. The identification procedures used by the Wentzville School District are those approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Students are referred based on classroom performance and standardized achievement scores (MAP). In order to qualify for placement, students must score a 125 or above on an individual intelligence test and at the 95 percentile on either an individual achievement test or a test measuring outstanding creative abilities. For more information, contact the office of your child's school or the Department of Special Services at 636-327-3800, ext. 20342.
Drug-Free Schools Program:
A building based Drug-Free School program works with schools, parents and the community to heighten awareness about and prevent the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Through this program, the District works with the Wentzville Police and Lake Saint Louis Police to provide D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) at the elementary level. A few programs may be support groups for students affected by chemical dependency, drug awareness week activities, conflict mediation training, and faculty in-service on identifying and referring students with symptoms of substance abuse. For more information contact teh special services department at 636-327-3800 ext 20342.