Special Education

A broad continuum of programs and services is available for the students of the Royal Oak School District. Nearly 750 students benefit from these special services. Our program options are designed to meet the individual needs of eligible students from birth through 26.

Emphasis is placed on educating all students in their neighborhood schools to the maximum extent appropriate. However, all decisions about programs and services for students must be based on each student's individual needs and must be made by an Individualized Educational Planning Team. Parental involvement in the development, as well as the implementation of the individualized program, is critical.

Child Find

Child Find is part of the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires schools to identify, locate, and evaluate all children, aged birth through 21 years, who have disabilities and may be entitled to special education and related services. Michigan is the only state which has a state law mandating (or requiring) special education for students with disabilities from birth to 26 years of age. This law is known as the Michigan Mandatory Special Education Act (MMSE) and is part of the Revised School Code. 

For more information please contact:

Karen Kubicki
[email protected]
248-288-3100 Ext 5529

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Director, Special Education: Dr. Ericka Watson, Ed. S.

Supervisor, Autism and TRAILS: Jason Zewatsky, Ed. S.

Administrative Assistant:
Amy Thornton

800 DeVillen
Royal Oak, MI 48073
Phone: (248) 435-8400 x1269
Fax: (248) 435-9280


Monday through Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.