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New London Public Schools
is committed to providing a free and appropriate public education for all students with disabilities. The mission of the Department of Special Services is to ensure that students with disabilities receive quality instruction that is tailored to meet individual needs and that each student will have the opportunity to achieve to a high standard.

The Department of Special Services provides programming for students ages three to twenty-one based on the student's individual goals and objectives outlined by the Individualized Education Plan in the least restrictive environment.

When recommended by the Planning and Placement Team, special education instruction and related services are provided to all identified New London students, at all grade levels, by certified and/or licensed staff members. Personnel includes the Director of Special Services, Supervisor of Special Education Services, special education teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, school psychologists, physical therapists, social workers, school counselors and support staff.

Parents are valued partners in the Planning and Placement Team process. They are encouraged to attend all meetings and participate fully in the development of the Individualized Education Plan which will help students achieve their personal best.

In accordance with federal and state regulations, New London Public Schools assumes the responsibility to locate, identify and evaluate children from birth to age 21 who need special education and related services to be successful in school and in life.  This includes all children living in New London whether they are enrolled in our district's schools or not. If you are concerned about a child's development, you are encouraged to contact the following:


For children Birth - 3 years of age: Connecticut Birth to Three System 1800-505-7000


For children 3, 4 or 5 years of age: Paige True, 860-447-6070 ex 7133


For school aged children: Contact child's current school


Any further questions please contact The Department of Special Services 860-447-6006

Contact Information:

The Special Services office is located in Rm 16 of Central Office and is open from 8am - 4pm.

General Special Education Inquiries

(860) 447-6010


Nicole Costa
(860) 447-6006

Tutoring, Transportation andSpecial Education Records

Patricia A. Santiago
(860) 447-6008

Fax Number

(860) 447-6026

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