Special Education

  • Mission: The West Fargo Public Schools Special Education Department works to achieve student growth through the collaboration of our staff, families, and community.

    West Fargo Public Schools offers a wide-range of special education programs and services, which are provided to students and their families beginning at age 3 and through age 21. Our special education and related services staff provides instruction and support to students with identified disabilities in the least restrictive environment, to the maximum extent appropriate with nondisabled peers and access to the general education curriculum. A continuum of services and placements are available in all areas of disability in West Fargo Public Schools. The Individual Education Program (IEP) team, including parents, determines the most appropriate setting and services based on the student’s unique needs. The disability categories for special education in North Dakota are: autism, deaf, deaf and blindness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, non-categorical delay, other health impairment, orthopedic impairment, speech and/or language impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, and visual impairment.

    Any person aware of a child between the ages of 3 through 21 who has a disability or may be experiencing physical, mental health, emotional or learning problems may contact a classroom teacher, school staff, or principal to discuss the best methods to support the student’s needs. This could include a discussion of intervention supports, accommodations, modification, or the process of initiating an assessment and determination for special education services. The WFPS leadership team is also available to discuss Special Education needs.

Department Leadership

 Karen Nickel



Degrees and Certifications:

Karen Nickel

Director of Special Education

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Special Education at WFPS

Special Education