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Special Education at Centennial

Centennial Schools is committed to helping all students from birth to age 21 connect, achieve and prepare for lifelong learning. Centennial Schools provides a continuum of special education services. Centennial serves approximately 1,000 children from birth to age 21. Vibrant learning environments and a personalized team-approach support each individual’s strengths, needs, and goals.

Special education services and placement are determined by a team, including the parents, to develop an individualized educational program (IEP) plan. Teams always consider the most inclusive, least restrictive educational environment where each child has the opportunity to learn and develop in an age-appropriate setting. 

Each school has a special education team that specializes in intervention supports, evaluations and specialized instruction, and related services. All schools have a lead teacher who is responsible for supporting students and families in special education.

If you have concerns about your child's development, please contact the lead teacher at your child's school, or call the Special Education Office at 763.792.5235. For further information, see the Minnesota Department of Education website.

Birth-High School

Special Education and related services are available to students identified as having an educational disability.  Parents are involved in the evaluation process and the development of Individual Education Programs (IEP's) for students who meet state eligibility criteria. Special education teachers and related services professionals provide services to meet student needs according to their individualized educational program (IEP) plan.

Transition Services 18-21

Students between the ages of 18 and 21 who have not achieved their goals in the areas of Home living, Community Participation, Recreation and Leisure, Post- secondary Education and Training, and Employment are eligible to continue educational programming related to these areas based on their IEP. 

Learn more about Project SEARCH and the Journey Program.

Adapted Athletics

Centennial special education students are eligible to participate in adapted athletics. Join one or all of the teams!

            Link to Adapted Athletics                                                                                          


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Kathy Zwonitzer

Gretchen Eychaner
Coordinator Secondary

Raycheal Zamora
Coordinator PreK - 5th

Kirsten Krause
Lead Administrative Assistant

Megan Rineck
Lead Administrative Assistant



Additional Resources

Early Childhood

An important responsibility of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability against students with disabilities. Click here to learn more about the Office of Civil Rights.