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IDEA Part B - Special Education Services

American Heritage Charter School provides a free and appropriate education for all students of all abilities.  The AHCS Special Education staff is committed to meeting the needs of students with disabilities and special needs through a variety of programs.

After the Enrollment Lottery, AHCS strives to become acquainted with our enrolling students and to understand the needs of each family and student.  During the Kindergarten Roundup each spring, we carefully and respectfully screen new Kindergartners to assess where they are and to prepare a plan to best meet their learning needs.  We strive to identify students in all grades who may benefit from an individualized learning plan, special accommodations, and special attention to help them succeed.  Students are referred to special education only after traditional general education intervention proves ineffective.  For students struggling with traditional learning methods and environments, we put together a student assistance team at the school to use positive behavior intervention and provide other supports, like differentiated instruction, small group instruction, remedial education, and testing.  We will make appropriate curricular modifications in the student’s general education classroom before a referral for testing is considered.

If the team believes a specific disability may be impacting a child, the team, including the parent, reviews intervention data and determines whether or not the child is a person with a disability and whether or not the child meets eligibility for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Special education serves students ages 3-21. The IEP team determines all placements in special education. IDEA requires that placements be made in least restrictive environment.

For more information, please contact Tiffnee Hurst at  (208) 529-6570 or email the Clerk's office at

Child Find

Because AHCS enrollment is by Lottery, per state law, AHCS engages in Child Find by carefully screening incoming Kindergartners and new and existing students in older grades to assess their growth and development, and to identify any needed services.  We inform prospective families of the resources we provide, consistent with state and federal law, and we encourage families of children with special needs to apply for our Enrollment Lottery.  The Lottery is free, open to all students, and is administered according to state law.  AHCS does not control the outcome of the Enrollment Lottery, and cannot guarantee enrollment for any student, regardless of ability.



As a recipient of federal financial assistance, AHCS does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status or on the basis of disability in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services or benefits of any of its programs and activities or in employment therein, whether carried out by AHCS directly or through a contractor or any other entity with whom AHCS arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Regulations of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to the Acts, Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 80, 84, and 91; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and the Regulations of the U. S. Department of Education, Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 106.  (Other federal laws and regulations provide similar protection against discrimination on grounds of sex and creed.)

In case of questions concerning this policy, or in the event of a desire to file a complaint alleging violations of the above, please contact:

Mrs. Tiffnee Hurst
Head Administrator, Federal Programs Director, and Civil Rights Compliance Point of Contact

1736 S. 35th W.
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

Fax. (208) 529-3344
Tel. (208) 529-6570


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