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Avondale Special Education 

In Michigan, programs and services are available to identified students with disabilities from birth through 25 years of age. Special Education offers specially 
designed instruction at no cost to parents or guardians.  Programs and services may include classroom instruction, consultation, ancillary support, adaptive 
supplies and materials to meet the unique educational goals of your child. 
Avondale School District is proud of the full continuum of services and programs available to meet the unique needs of every student with a disability. 
Those services include:
  • Special Education
  • Teacher Consultant
  • Resource Room
  • Categorical
  • Speech and Language
  • Social Work
Our teachers are committed to working with parents and service providers to develop and nurture the solid partnerships that ensure success for every child. 

Regardless of the nature or severity of a child's disability, our staff is dedicated to addressing a wide range of needs. Avondale's Special Education programs operates in accordance with all state and federal guidelines. Our Special Education program assists children with a variety of social, emotional and learning impairments.



Each local education agency and public school academy in Michigan is required to publicly post the process used to determine the existence of a Specific Learning Disability.


Consistent with this requirement, Avondale School District reports the following:


The local district process used to assess the student’s suspected underachievement is determination of a pattern of strengths and weaknesses §300.309(a)(2).

  • The student exhibits a pattern of strengths and weaknesses in performance, achievement, or both relative to student’s age or to Michigan approved grade level standards or intellectual development.  Note:  Severe Discrepancy must never be used exclusively to determine the existence of SLD.
  • The inadequate achievement is not the primary result of lack of appropriate instruction in math or the essential components or reading.
  • Data demonstrates that prior to, or as part of, the referral process, the student was provided appropriate instruction delivered by qualified personnel in the general education setting. §300.309 (b)(1)
  • Data-based documentation of repeated assessments of achievement at reasonable intervals of student progress during instruction was available and provided to the parents. §300.309 (b)(2)


  Strategies for Student Success

When a student is experiencing difficulty in school, it is necessary to identify the cause and provide appropriate intervention strategies as early as possible. In order to accurately assess the problem it is important to gather as much data as possible and seek input from individuals with knowledge about the student before making a determination to implement a particular program or strategy. Each school will utilize a S3 Team (Strategies for Student Success) to review all available data and make recommendations. Program decisions will be made after allowing adequate time to evaluate the effectiveness of intervention strategies. The building principal will oversee the final decision process.

 All data gathered and deliberations by the S3 are confidential. They may be shared with appropriate committees to whom a recommendation is made to aid in determination of services. For more information on this process please click here .


Great Start Collaborative-Oakland, Oakland Schools and Early On Oakland along with Avondale Schools are committed to ensuring that all children under the age of 5 receive routine developmental screenings.

Because your child's first 5 years of life are so important, we want to help you provide the best start for your child. You've been invited to participate in the Ages & Stages Questionnaires, Third Edition (ASQ-3), to help you keep track of your child's development. The questionnaire may be provided every 2-, 4- or 6-month period. You will be asked to answer questions about some things your child can and cannot do. The questionnaire includes questions about your child's communication, gross motor, fine motor, problem solving, and personal social skills. Follow the link below to get started and someone from our Early Childhood Department will be in contact with the results of this questionnaire. 

Thank you for your participation! 
Please contact us with any questions or technical difficulties. 

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If you reside in Oakland County and your child is under 3 and you would like to refer them for an evaluation please call 

Early On Oakland 

(248) 209-2084

If your child is 3 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER and you reside in the Avondale School District, please contact  Project Find Coordinator, 

Cindy Orman


The following staff members can answer your questions regarding special education referrals, evaluations and programming. 


Ages 0-6

Cecilia Bator 




Elementary TC

Amanda Barber




Avondale Middle School 

Monica Northcote



Avondale High

Brian Zaliwski



Avondale Post High/Avondale Academy

Cheryl Green