Special Services

Welcome to the Montrose PTA Special Services page. 
This page is designed to help families navigate the special services system
within our district and specifically at Montrose. 
Special Education students make up about 45% of the population of the school and most students are placed in an inclusion classroom with their General Education peers.  All related services are offered in the building and that includes Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy as well as Physical Therapy.  Services can be delivered as a push into the classroom or as a pull-out model.          

All classroom teachers have a dual certification in both Early Childhood and Special Education.  All staff is trained in using our curriculum “Tools of the Mind” and receives ongoing Professional Development from our consultants at Montclair State University.  

The building houses a full Child Study Team which is comprised of a Learning Disabilities Teacher-Consultant, School Psychologist, School Social Worker and a Speech and Language Pathologist.  

If you think that your child needs an evaluation for Special Services you can make a referral by following these directions:

            Write a letter and send via mail or email to:
            Dr. Laura Morana
            Interim Director of Special Education and Nursing Services
            525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ   07040
In the letter state the student’s name, date of birth, home address, a contact number so the Child Study Team can reach you to schedule appointments and a brief description of your concerns about your child.  

Once the team receives the referral, they need to schedule a meeting with you and your child to meet and discuss next steps and briefly screen their skills.  This must occur within 20 days of receipt of the referral.  If they are going to proceed with testing and you sign and agree to evaluations, they have 90 days to complete the testing, share the results with you and discuss what services may be needed to support your child.

Our PTA's Special Services Liason for the school is Beth Cosentino. Her email is bethasimons@gmail.com for questions concerning the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC). She also is glad to answer questions related to Special Education at Montrose or help find the answers. 


Special Education Resource Packet
This practical guide was developed as an overview and is meant to serve as a companion piece to more comprehensive resources and legal information such as Parental Rights in Special Education ( PRISE ).
Special Education Resource Packet

Understood.org is an online resource for parents and caregivers for children with learning and attention issues. For more info on Understood, please contact Beth Cosentino here .

Support & Advocacy

(Special Education Parent Advisory Committee)
SEPAC and the Special Ed PTO are now both under the SEPAC umbrella. The group meets monthly and is designed to provide opportunities for parents and community members to offer input to their district’s special services programs. It also helps families network with other families and share information about special services concerns, successes, resources, and to navigate special services.

The Parenting Center
The Parenting Center offers many workshops throughout the year and is a great resource to our community.

SEPAC - Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Meetings, 2018-2019

Location: 525 Academy Street - Board of Education Central Office Bldg.
Time: 7:30-9pm

· Tuesday, 9/25: General Support Meeting/Voting for New Board at CHS, RmD16.

· Thursday, 10/18: Special Ed Back-to-School Night, Child Study Team Members will attend as well as keynote speaker, Dr. Gerard Costa.
                 LOCATION: Columbia High School Auditorium        TIME: 7-9pm

· Wednesday, 10/24: Understood.org presents: IEP Binder workshop at Montrose.

· Tuesday, 11/17: Meeting for families of PreK-Elementary and newcomers.

· December, date TBD: Social event for families, details to be announced.

· January, date TBD: Renay Zamloot, Educational Advocate to speak.

· Tuesday 2/26: Support for families of secondary students.

· Wednesday, 3/27: Support for families of out of district students.

· Wednesday, 5/22: General support for all families for end of year.