We believe in the potential of all our Hartford Public Schools’ students. The Office of Special Education Services serves a particular role in this mission, to ensure all students with disabilities have access to and benefit from the general education curriculum. You can read more details about our comprehensive approach in this Special Education Services brochure (coming soon!).

If you believe that your son or daughter is in need of an Individualized Education Program (IEP), please review the materials and forms in our Special Education Document Library to initiate the process.

The Hartford Public Schools’ Special Education Department supports the District’s mission to support the full potential of each and every student. Our goal is to ensure that all students with disabilities have access to and benefit from the general education curriculum.

The Special Education Department falls under the Office of School Improvement. We support students who have been identified as requiring special education in district schools, CREC magnets, Open Choice, and neighboring communities if they are Hartford residents.

Special education programming and support includes accommodations and modifications of the general education curriculum and environment, individualized goals and objectives (in an IEP), coordinated transition services, assistive technology, and related services. Related services include psychological, speech and language, social work, occupational therapy, physical therapy, visual and hearing support, and specialized transportation services. All services and supports are identified at the PPT (Planning and Placement Team meeting) and included in the IEP.

Special education programming includes:

  • accommodations and modifications of the general education curriculum and environment
  • personalized goals and objectives
  • coordinated transition activities
  • assistive technology

Related services include:

  • psychological services
  • speech and language
  • social work services
  • occupational therapy
  • physical therapy
  • services for students with visual and/or hearing impairments
  • specialized transportation
The Special Education Department is led by an Executive Director and 12 Directors. Each school has an assigned special education administrator.
(860) 695-8432
susan.bassett@hartfordschools.org
(860) 695-8600
kruss@hartfordschools.org

860-695-8447
riven002@hartfordschools.org

(860) 695-8861
crism001@hartfordschools.org

Academy of Environ. & Green Tech.
Culinary Academy
Nursing Academy
Out of District schools

(860) 695-8715
@hartfordschools.org

Batchelder
Bulkeley Lower
CCCMA
Great Path Academy
HMTCA
SAND
Simpson Waverly
SMSA
West Middle

(860) 695-8578
desie001@hartfordschools.org

MD Fox
Speech & Language
OT/PT
Hearing Impaired
Out-of-District Schools
Magnet Schools

(860) 695-8619
donas001@hartfordschools.org

Complaints
Orton Gillingham training

(860) 695-8619
natalie.donais@hartfordschools.org

Open Choice
Out-of-District Schools
Magnet Schools

(860) 695-8853
jacks001@hartfordschools.org

Bulkeley Upper
Burr
Culinary Arts
Global Communications
High School Inc.
Journalism and Media Academy
Kinsella
Milner
Opportunity High
University High

(860) 695-8557
morij002@hartfordschools.org

District/Community PreK Special Education
ECAT (Early Childhood Development Team)
Hartford PreK Magnet

(860) 695-8635
spalm001@hartfordschools.org

Capital Prep
Clark
Classical
Environmental Studies @ Hooker
Kennelly
Naylor
Rawson
Renzulli
Wish

(860) 695-8713
alison.ward@hartfordschools.org

Asian Studies Academy
Breakthrough North
Breakthrough South
Martin Luther King
Noah Webster
Pathways to Technology

(860) 695-8668
ziegn001@hartfordschools.org

AF Montessori
AF STEM
Betances Early Reading Lab
Betances STEM
Burns Latino Studies Academy
ELAMS
MELS
Montessori Magnet @ Moylan
Parkvile
Sanchez