Special Services

Issaquah School District Special Services programs serve students with disabilities from birth through twenty-one years who reside within district boundaries. As specified in federal and state law, students with disabilities are served in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible. Thus, at all schools in the district, there are students with special needs participating as appropriate in general education classrooms and general education curriculum.

Special education services include individualized, specially-designed instruction in academic, self-help, communication, motor, vocational and social skill areas. Individual Education Programs (IEPs) are developed at least annually. IEP goals are written for each student based on the results of formal and informal testing and observations. Some student will also have objectives for each goal. The district carefully sequences instruction and maintains data about student progress.


The Issaquah School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination. The employees below have been designated to handle questions and complaints of any such alleged discrimination:

  • Parent/Volunteer and Employee/Applicant-Related Issues
    Lisa Hechtman, Executive Director of Personnel Services
    565 NW Holly Street
    Issaquah, WA 98027
  • Student-Related Issues
    Dennis Wright, Director of Career and Counseling Services
    565 NW Holly Street
    Issaquah, WA 98027

Students and families are also entitled to the confidentiality protections available under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. (FERPA).

Special Services Administrators

Melissa Madsen, Executive Director
Tara Slinn, Director ECE/Elementary Education
Susan Wolever, Director Secondary Education

Department contact information

Barb Johnson at 425-837-7085
Ursula Baba 425-837-7090

Student Records contact information

Luanne Toba (elementary) at 425 837-7088
Natalie Campos (secondary) at 425-837-7031
Please fax any records requests to 425-837-7029