Special Education

Special Education Courses & Curriculum in Crystal, MN

At Beacon Academy, we offer special education services for students with a range of supports and services for a variety of disability areas. We regularly use small group instruction, co-teaching, one-on-one service, indirect services, and direct services within the general education classroom. When appropriate, Beacon Academy contracts with related service providers for instruction in the following areas: Speech and Language Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiological Services, Vision Services, School Psychology Services, Autism Specialist, Early Childhood Specialist, Traumatic Brain Injury Specialist, Physical/Health Disabilities Instructor, and Developmental Adaptive Physical Education.

The focus of special education is to ensure a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for eligible students identified to have a disability and who are in need of individualized and specially designed instruction. The instruction is designed to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability through an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Children must meet specific criteria set by the State of Minnesota and the Federal Government to receive special education services. Eligibility determination occurs through a comprehensive evaluation conducted by the school. Learn more about Minnesota's disability categories and eligibility criteria now.

In accordance with Minnesota Rule 3525.1100, this document serves as the Total Special Education System (TSES) Plan for Beacon Academy. The TSES is a summary of Beacon’s policy and procedures related to special education services. To review the TSES for Beacon Academy, click here.

Beacon Academy uses restrictive procedures only in emergency situations. “Emergency” means a situation where immediate intervention is needed to protect a student or other individuals from physical injury.

Emergency” does not mean circumstances such as a child who does not respond to a task or request and instead places his or her head on a desk or hides under a desk or table; a child who does not respond to a staff person’s request unless failing to respond would result in physical injury to the child or other individual; or an emergency incident has already occurred and no threat of physical injury currently exists. Restrictive procedures must not be used to punish or otherwise discipline a child.

Learn more about our restrictive procedures.

Special Education Coordinator

Lori Foecke
Phone: 763-546-9999 x1113
Email: lfoecke@nullbeaconacademy.com

Administrative Assistant

Chelsea Bous
Phone: 763.546.9999 x1110
Email: cbous@nullbeaconacademy.com

School Counselor

Stephanie Cramer
Phone: 763.546.9999 x162
Email: scramer@nullbeaconacademy.com


Special Education Teachers


Beacon Academy offers support for families with students in Special Education. The Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) meets once a month at school and occasionally brings in professionals from our community to present on special topics.

A SEAC (pronounced “seek”) is an acronym for Special Education Advisory Council, which is a group that provides input on special education issues to its local school district. Its purpose is to advise and advocate, not to decide policy. Minnesota law requires each school district in the state to have a SEAC although it does not specify how the groups should be organized or what duties they should perform. As a result, each SEAC may have a unique mission and structure.

Local SEACs advise school districts on the development of programs and services to meet the special educational needs of children and families. By sharing their unique perspective of what it is like to use these services, parents can help the district to be more effective. As a result, outcomes for children with disabilities should improve.

Parents give many reasons for joining a SEAC, including these:

  • I may be able to help other families and children with disabilities in my school district.
  • I can share what I’ve learned since my child began his education.
  • I can support the school professionals in my district.
  • I will be a good role model for my child.
  • I feel good when I make a contribution to this community.
  • I will learn information and skills that may help me work more effectively with my school district.
  • I will meet others with similar goals, both parents and school professionals.
  • I may build positive relationships with others in my district.
  • I will become more knowledgeable about special education.
  • By sharing my unique perspective and insights as a parent, I may help the school district work more effectively with families and improve outcomes for children.

What is Beacon Academy SEAC?
Beacon Academy SEAC is for all parents/families/guardian(s) of children who either have an IEP, a 504, or are interested in a discussion to seek information and/or resources regarding these. Parents and teachers/faculty will have opportunities throughout the year to participate in information nights about a variety of topics.

Information nights may include an expert in a topic being presented and will be open to parents and teachers as well as interested members. Some meetings will be a time for parents to discuss openly what is or isn't working as well as access to information/resources that may be helpful in their own personal journey.

Meetings for the 2019-2020 school year are November 7th and April 9th at 6:30 p.m.

If you have questions about SEAC please email seac@nullbeaconacademy.com

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