Supports for Diverse Learners

Special Education Department


Sizer School provides comprehensive services to those students with disabilities and maintains a range of educational services that are in compliance with state and federal laws and regulations. A copy of the notice is attached for your review. Any child with a disability as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is provided with a free and appropriate public education and held to standards established by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Sizer School.

What is Special Education?

Special education is specially designed instruction and related services that meet the unique needs of an eligible student with a disability or that provide for a specific service need that is necessary to allow the student with a disability to access the general curriculum. The purpose of special education is to allow the students to develop successfully his or her individual educational potential. Along with providing services to the child, if necessary, services are provided to parents and to teachers for students to benefit from special education. 

May a charter school enroll a special education student?

Yes, all students regardless of disability may enroll in a charter school.

May anyone refer a child for special education?

Yes, but the parent must give written permission before the evaluation process may begin.

What do I do if I have questions or concerns about my child?

Whenever you have concerns with your student, begin with the advisor or guidance counselor.  Often the advice or assistance of the grade level teachers or the KidTalk process can help.  There are many steps that can be taken before a referral to special education.

Contact Information:

Kathleen Buchanan,; 978-345-2701 x415

Deborah Namvar, Administrative Assistant, Department of Specialized Instruction,; 978-345-2701 x422


English Language Learners (ELL) 


Sizer School provides a range of supports for students learning English as a second language. We are in compliance with the Rights to Access and Equity of Education Services, and a copy of the Notice is attached for your review.

Should you have any questions regarding these State Policies, please contact the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education's Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign (Phone: 781-338-3227; email: or Office of English Language Acquisition and Academic Achievement (phone: 781-338-3584; email: