Decorah Community School District recognizes that some students have unique learning needs.  The District will provide an appropriate educational program and related services to students entitled to Special Education from preschool to graduation and/or twenty-one (21) years of age, in accordance with Iowa State Law. 

Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Each eligible individual has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) which outlines and describes the student’s special education program, including services and supports based on the unique needs as a result of the student’s disability. When developing an IEP, the IEP team must give careful consideration to the student’s strengths, needs, and interests including involvement and progress in the Iowa Core Academic Standards, Iowa Early Learning Standards, or Iowa Core Essential Elements. An IEP should direct the student toward high expectations and assist the student in achieving his or her goals plus meet the mission and goals of Iowa’s State Board of Education and Department of Education.

Least Restrictive Environment:

Whenever possible, special education services are provided in the regular classroom, and students are taught from the general education curriculum.   Students are taught in special education classrooms and from modified curriculum only when required by the needs of the student.


Director of Special Education- Sarah Elsbernd