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Special education services are provided to students with disabilities in grades Kindergarten through age 21.  Special education and general education staff work together to provide needed services for eligible students and ensure that services are aligned with federal and state requirements.  Our multi-tiered system of academic and behavioral services is dependent on a strong, collaborative relationship between general and special education staff.



Centennial provides a full continuum of special education and related services.  All services are developed by a student team and outlined in a student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Our special education program is coordinated with other services such as English Language Learners (ELL) and Title IA programs.



Most students are educated in their neighborhood school.  A small number of students are served in specialized programs, both within and outside of the district.



If parents are concerned about their child’s academic and/or behavioral progress, they should first contact their child’s teacher.  Every effort is made to assess all students for level of need and to provide appropriate instruction and intervention based on that identified need.  Some students who do not respond to initial instruction over time may need additional interventions.  If at any time the school or parent has reason to suspect a disability, a referral for a special evaluation may be initiated.



Centennial has a full continuum of supports and services for students who are eligible for special education services.  These supports and services include:

  • Mental Health Consultants
  • Special Education Teachers (Learning Specialists)
  • Psychologists
  • Speech Pathologists
  • Occupational and Physical Therapists
  • Educational Assistants
  • Records Managers



Supported Classroom Program Description: Classrooms are located at Parklane, Centennial Middle and Centennial Park School: 

The Supported Classrooms are district operated programs for students with disabilities in a general education building for the purpose of providing specially designed instruction and setting supports for students with emotional and behavioral challenges preventing them from being successful in a lesser restrictive placement. Students can access on-site mental health services. Students generally participate 60-100% of their time in this supported classroom. The amount of time a student spends in this classroom is dependent on the amount of progress made toward Individual Education Plan

  • The student to staff ratio is low to allow individual and small group instruction to help students meet their individual goals (IEP) goals, and the present needs of the student.
  • The goal of the class is to provide a safe, supportive, structured environment where the student’s needs are met as they work toward their individual goals and increased access to general education setting.
  • The students are valued by the school community and enjoy frequent opportunities for interaction with their peers in the general education classrooms.
  • This classroom is staffed with 1 Licensed Teacher, 1-2 Educational Assistants, 1 Trillium Skills Trainer, and 1 Trillium Therapist. Additional supports available to this classroom include access, if needed, to a behavioral consultant, autism consultant, special education consultant, school psychologist, and speech pathologist.
  • Classroom physical structures include a break area, individual and group work areas. Routines and instruction are designed to meet behavior and emotional needs of students as well as academic needs. The classroom is a highly structured environment.

Special Class Program Description: Classrooms are located at Butler Creek, Centennial Middle and High School:

These Special Classes (SSC, ISC & SLS) are district operated programs for students with disabilities in a general education building who need additional support to be successful in the school environment. These district programs provide structured environments tailored to teach specific skills students need in order to participate within a general education setting. Students may receive instruction in the Special Class, a general education classroom and/or school wide environments.

  • The student to staff ratio is low to allow individual and small group instruction to help students meet their individual goals. Goals range from academics to increasing independence in functional life skills.
  • The classroom is closely linked to the related service fields of speech and language, occupational and physical therapy.
  • The classroom is well equipped to handle sensory programs, feeding protocols, mobility concerns and provide positive behavioral supports.
  • Routines and instruction are designed to meet behavior, functional academic and social needs of students. The classroom is a highly structured environment.
  • The goal of the class is to provide a safe, supportive, structured environment where the student’s needs are met as they work toward their individual goals and increased access to general education setting.



School districts must locate and identify individuals who have disabilities from birth to age 21.  If you, or someone you know, has a child with a disability who may be in need of special education and related services, you can initiate a referral through your local schools.

Call either:

  • Centennial School District at 503-760-7990
  • Multnomah Early Childhood Program (East County) at 503-261-5535



Public schools will ensure that all students with disabilities who are eligible for kindergarten through 21 years of age, residing within their attendance area, have available to them a free and appropriate pubic education in the least restrictive environment.  The rights of children with disabilities and their parents will be protected in accordance with state and federal law.



The Counseling and Guidance Program in Centennial School District is based on the Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Framework.  Centennial counselors, child development specialists and school staff are restructuring traditional guidance and counseling services in a way that enables all students to become engaged in and excited about school.

Counselors, child development specialists and school staff help students identify their strengths, skills, talents, interests, goals, and dreams, and develop a plan, based on those things, that they use to direct their learning experiences, Kindergarten to 12th grade and beyond.  These plans then become an integrated and key part of the school culture.  Students use their plans to focus in on what they are learning, why they are learning it, and how they will use it in their futures.  Teachers use these plans to develop relevant curriculum, adjust their teaching styles, and to connect with students.

Counselors and staff also want to ensure that all students have at least one caring adult who mentors them and helps them with their plans.  All of this is coordinated by the school counselor or child development specialist and ultimately will improve attendance, grades, and graduation rates, and lay the groundwork for students to become successful adults after they graduate from high school.

To learn more about Centennial District’s Counseling and Guidance Program or if you have specific questions or concerns about your child, please contact your school counselor.

Community Resources

K-12 Comprehensive Guidance & Counseling Program



Homeless children and youth experience a lack of a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence wihich includes living in:

  • a shelter, motel, vehicle, or campground
  • in an abandoned building, trailer, or other inadequate accommodations
  • doubled up with friends or relatives

Homeless students have certain rights or protections under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act.  These rights include:

  • Attend school, no matter where you live or how long you have lived there.  Students must be given access to the same public education provided to other students
  • Receive transportation assistance to the school the student attended at the time the student became homeless or the school within the boundaries where the student is temporarily living
  • Participate in school programs with students who are not homeless.  Students cannot be separated from the regular school program because they are homeless
  • Receive the same special programs and services, if needed, as provided to all other students served in these programs

DISTRICT CONTACT: Lori Palmiter  503-762-3632

STATE COORDINATOR:  Oregon Department of Education, 503-378-3600 ext 2700