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Jersey City Public Schools
Special Education Department
 Dr. Gerard Crisonino - Director 
(201) 915-6079


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Our Mission

     The Mission of the Jersey City Schools Special Education Department is to improve the quality of life for students with disabilities and their families by providing comprehensive expertise, education, support and tools for students with special needs. It is our goal to prepare all students to achieve to their unique potential while becoming productive, valued, and contributing members to their families and society. The Special Education Department is accountable for ensuring that all special education programs, regulations and procedures are in compliance with the I.D.E.A. (Individual with Disability Education Act).

 We believe:

  • That society is enriched by the inclusion and participation of diverse people, including those with disabilities, as full members of the Jersey City Public Schools community.
  • That everyone must be treated with RESPECT!
  • That everyone has worth and something to offer.

Special Education Parent Hotline (201)915-6300

The belief that each child matters is at the heart of all of our efforts in the Department of Special Education.  We are dedicated to creating all-inclusive schools with programs and services that promote the success of all students.  We nurture collaboration between students, families and school staff ensuring support for students with disabilities and their family‚Äôs through the implementation of individualized education programs in the least restrictive environment.

All district schools are supported by our comprehensive academic and behavioral support system.  Students with disabilities are educated with their non-disabled peers and receive the same programs and services available to our general education population.

The Department of Special Education provides support through our Leaders Integrating and Networking Knowledge and Support Team ( L.I.N.K.S.). L.I.N.K.S. facilitates program development, training and professional seminars on best inclusion practices, assessment, differentiated instruction, cooperative learning, behavioral strategies, adapted physical education, life skills, social skills, verbal behavior, and much more.

The Department of Special Education assures parents are an integral part of our comprehensive support system. The Special Education Parent Advisory Council (P.A.C.) consists of parents representing each school asdesignated by the school's principal. The S.E. P.A.C. meets monthly and assists in planning and disseminating information on programs and services to the community.

Project Child Find: Do you have a child ages 3-21, whom you believe may be experiencing difficulties in school or at home? Do you feel that your child may have a problem with learning or another disabling condition?

Project Child Find is a continuous process of public awareness, screening and evaluation designed to locate, identify and refer, as early as possible, all young children with disabilities and their families who are in need of Early Intervention as stated in Program (Part C) or Preschool Special Education (Part B /619) services of the Individuals with Disability Act (IDEA, 2004.)

If the answer is YES, please contact: Kimberly Bilak with your concerns at 201.915.6506 / kbilak@jcboe.org or Kara Ryan, at 201.915.6185 / kryan@jcboe.org


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