Department of Special Services


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     Welcome to the Department of Special Services


    Mission Statement: Perth Amboy Public Schools Department of Special Services is committed to the academic, social, and emotional success of all students in order to prepare them for independent living, vocational careers, employment, and/or college readiness. Students with disabilities will be educated in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible with the goal that every student will learn the N.J. Student Learning Standards.


    Vision Statement: We are committed to providing every student with an individualized program that applies well established teaching practices in education so that students will feel safe, supported, and secure. All students are valued members of our community with equal opportunities for meaningful participation in inclusive programs for academic instruction and extracurricular activities. We pride ourselves on our interdisciplinary partnerships that bring together team members across departments including the Child Study Team, related service providers, teachers, school counselors, health service providers, the administration, outside agencies, and families who will support each student in obtaining a free and appropriate education so that students will reach their highest academic, social, and emotional potential. 

    The Department of Special Services is proud to present a series of parent training sessions and opportunities for parents to provide input regarding our District programs and services. Kindly click on the attached link for detailed information. We look forward to seeing you!

    Learning knows no Bounds
    Phone: (732) 376-6200
    Dr. Jessica Neu, BCBA-D, Director of Special Services
    Phone: (732) 376-6200

    Ms. Diane Dahl, Supervisor of Special Services, Pre K - Grade 4
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 
    Ms. Allison Chavanon, Supervisor of Special Services, Grade 5-12
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 
    Ms. Kelly A. Madonia, Secretary to the Director and Supervisors
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 30-222
    Ms. Irma Rock, Elementary Schools CST Secretary
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 30-225
    Ms. Margaret Crespo, Pre K & Out of District Schools CST Secretary
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 30-229
    Ms. Kelly Madonia, Middle & High Schools CST Secretary
    Phone: (732) 376-6200 ext. 30-224
    178 Barracks St. 
    Room 204
    Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
    Phone: 732-376-6206
    Fax: 732-638-1008

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    Who is eligible?

    Children between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21), whose parents are legal residents of the Perth Amboy Public Schools, are eligible.  Students between the ages of 3-21 can be evaluated by the Child Study Team (CST) to determine if there exists an educational disability.  

    1. Referral: A referral is the first step in the special education process.  It is a formal written request that a student be evaluated by the CST to determine whether an evaluation will be conducted and/or if a student is eligible for special education and related services.
    2. A case manager is assigned and identification meeting is scheduled within 20 calendar days (excluding holidays).  The information is collected regarding the child’s educational process.
    3. Identification Meeting: Participants include parent/guardian, all CST members, at least one of the student’s general education teachers. A decision is made as to whether a CST evaluation is necessary.
    4. No Evaluation or Evaluation: If an evaluation is deemed appropriate, an evaluation plan is written describing the required evaluations and parental consent is obtained.  The process begins.
    5. Eligibility: Once evaluations are completed, an eligibility meeting is scheduled to determine whether the student is eligible for special education and related services or speech and language services.  The case manager or evaluator will review the evaluation results and answer all questions. The case manager will discuss the rationale for determination of eligibility or non-eligibility.
    6. IEP Meeting: Once a student has been fund eligible for special education and related services or speech and language services, and IEP must be held.  This meeting is required before any special education services can commence. The purpose of the meeting is to determine the student’s current educational status and develop a program designed to meet the student’s unique needs.  This meeting may be held immediately after the eligibility meeting with parent consent or within 15 days of the eligibility meeting.


    • In class resource programs
    • Pull-out resource programs
    • Learning and Language Disabilities programs
    • Integrated Preschool Program
    • Consultation Services