• Referral and Evaluation Procedures 

    Who is Eligible?

    Children between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21), whose parents are legal residents of Mountain Lakes School District and students attending Mountain Lakes High School from Boonton Township.  Students between the ages of 3-21 can be evaluated by the Child Study Team (CST) to determine if there exists an educational disability.  See the Guide to Special Education Process for more detailed information.



    Referral and Evaluation Process:


    Referral and Evaluation Flow Chart


    A referral is the first step in the special education process. It is a formal written request that a student be evaluated by the CST to determine whether a student is eligible for special education and related services or by the speech/language specialist to determine whether a student is eligible for speech services.


    Case Manager assigned and identification meeting scheduled within twenty (20) calendar days (excluding holidays).  Information is collected regarding the child’s educational progress.


    Identification Meeting

    Participants include parent/guardian, all CST members and at least one of the child’s general education teachers. A decision is made as to whether a CST evaluation is warranted.


                       Arrow                                                                                              Arrow


           No Evaluation Plan                                         Evaluation Plan 

                                                                                              If a CST evaluation is warranted, an evaluation 
                                                                                              plan is written describing the required evaluations                                                                                             and parental consent is obtained. 
                                                                                              The process begins.


    Once evaluations are completed, an eligibility meeting is scheduled to determine whether the student is eligible for special education and related services or speech language services. The case manager or evaluator will review evaluation results and answer all questions.  The case manager will discuss the rationale for determination of eligibility or non-eligibility. 


    IEP Meeting 

    Once a student has been found eligible for special education and related services or speech/language services, an IEP meeting must be held.  This meeting is required before any special education services can commence.  The purpose of the meeting is to determine the student’s current educational status and develop a program designed to meet the student’s unique needs.   This meeting may be held immediately after the eligibility meeting with parent consent or within 15 days of the eligibility meeting.