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White Bear Lake Area Schools
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Phone: 651-407-7500

Special Education Services
Lisa Ouren, Director of Student Support Services
District Center Room 209
4855 Bloom Avenue
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Office: (651) 407-7553
Fax: (651) 407-7555

Find contact information for the Student Support Services Administrative Team here.

White Bear Lake Area Schools provides a comprehensive program for students with disabilities. Services are provided to students who range in age from birth through high school, with some students receiving services until age 21. Most students receive services in their neighborhood school and when possible in their regular class setting.

All services are developed to facilitate each student in reaching his or her potential. Inclusive education between regular and special education allows for the opportunity to learn and develop in an age-appropriate setting. From early intervention to community-based vocational training, students are provided a quality, individualized education program (IEP) in the least restrictive environment.

Each school in the system has a special education team who provides services to students with a variety of concerns/needs. A lead teacher is available at each school to assist students and families in the Special Education Program.

Mission for Special Education   
White Bear Lake Area School's Mission for Special Education is to meet individual needs of students with disabilities through partnerships that promote life-long learning, independence and self-advocacy.
We Believe
  • Everyone has the right to be valued and respected.
  • Students with unique needs are entitled to equitable educational opportunities provided through a range of appropriate adaptations, services and programs.
  • Accountability for student growth and development requires shared responsibility across home, school and community settings.
  • Successful student focused transitions are driven by clear communication, shared knowledge and on-going support.
  • In promoting life skills and academics that will enable students to live, work and participate in the community.
Public Notice of Nondiscrimination   
White Bear Lake Area School District 624 does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals with disabilities, or in any aspect of their operations. District 624 also does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its hiring or employment practices.

This notice is provided as required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding the ADA and Section 504 may be forwarded to the designated ADA and Section 504 compliance coordinator, Kathleen Daniels at (651) 407-7553.

Individual Education Plan Team
A student's needs are determined by an Individual Education Plan/Individual Family Service Plan Team that includes the parents of the student. The Team decides what is educationally appropriate for the students. Non-public students are eligible for assessment and direct services in the public school under a Service Plan.

Students receiving service include those who meet the special education verification criteria of the Minnesota Department of Education and the White Bear Lake Area Schools.

Instructional Alternatives
Students with special education needs will be served in their home school and in the regular classroom whenever possible. There will be some instances when students are grouped for special education services within the district for the best instructional program. Some students are transported to other schools within the district or other districts for specialized programs.

White Bear Lake Area Schools Total Special Education System (TSES)

Instructional Alternatives within the White Bear Lake Area School District include:
  • Students with disabilities functioning in the regular education program with the assistance of special education supportive services such as: consultation with the classroom teacher, monitoring progress, modification of the curriculum, or direct teaching within the regular classroom.
  • Students with disabilities functioning in the regular education program but needing direct special education services outside of the regular classroom.
  • Students with disabilities whose primary placement is in a special education program with some mainstreaming in regular education.
  • Students who, due to the intensity of their needs, are placed in specialized programs in locations other than their home school.