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Special Education in Portsmouth

In order to accomplish the mission of the Portsmouth Schools "... to educate all students by challenging them to become thinking, responsible, contributing citizens who continue to learn throughout their lives ...," special education supports and teaches students by:
  • offering a continuum of other instructional settings, programs, and services;
  • working with regular teachers to implement strategies and modifications in regular education classrooms;
  • assisting teams in defining priorities for students and their learning;
  • using technology to make the curriculum accessible to all students.

Instruction, modifications, education-related therapies and other supports for identified students are provided according to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related New Hampshire and Federal laws and standards.


These regulations provide a number of Procedural Safeguards which protect the rights of parents and students in the special education process.

Programs and Services – Descriptions of Portsmouth School Department’s Student Services Special Programs and who to contact.

How to refer a student to special education.

Important Information About School Choice

Explanation of ESY