Lee’s Summit Special Services Department

Mission:  The mission of the Special Services Department is to identify, educate, and assist students requiring special services to achieve their full potential to become functional members of their community.

A comprehensive range of special services are offered by the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District (LSR7) to assist students to reach their potential within the least restrictive environment. In each program, the emphasis is placed on assisting the individual student to gain useful knowledge and experience, grow in self-esteem and understanding, develop social and work-related aptitudes, and learn basic skills for earning a living and for responsible citizenship.  The Special Services department includes the following services listed below.

Special Education


Identified students are protected and afforded a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and limited federal funding is provided.  Special education is heavily regulated and students must meet federal and Missouri state criteria and demonstrate the need for specialized services to be eligible.   If all of the requirements are met, the team may move forward with development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The IEP is the plan which outlines specialized instruction, accommodations, and modifications which ensure a Free and Appropriate Public Education in the Least Restrictive Environment.

Interpreter Request

Services are Available for Students With

  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Young child with a developmental delay
  • Visual impairment/blindness
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Speech and language impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Autism
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Deaf/blindness
  • Other health impairments
  • Hearing impairment and deafness

A compliance plan, required by state and federal law, is available for public review at the office of the Assistant Superintendent of Special Services, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Services Available at All School Locations

Cross Categorical:

This is instructional support available to students with high-incidence disabilities who require specially-designed instruction and benefit from additional supplemental instruction or replacement instruction.  This type of service is available in all elementary and secondary schools.

Related Services:

Special services offers the following related services:  counseling, occupational therapy, orientation & mobility, physical therapy, and speech/language therapy.  Related services are considered by IEP teams and added if the related service is necessary to access specially-designed instruction.  There is a difference between services offered in an educational setting and those offered through a medical model.  Related services focus solely on educationally-related needs; whereas, health care providers utilize a different criteria and may offer more expansive services.

District Special Programs

Students eligible to participate meet specific district criteria and have been recommended by an IEP team for placement.

Communication Language and Social Skills (CLASS) locations:

Schools that have a CLASS program include Highland Park Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Summit Pointe Elementary, and Sunset Valley Elementary.  This program is also offered at GBEEC and is titled STARS.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) locations:

Schools that have a DHH program include Woodland Elementary, Summit Lakes Middle School and Lee’s Summit West High School.

Life Skills (LS) locations:

Schools that have a LS program include Cedar Creek Elementary, Hawthorn Hill Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Prairie View Elementary, Sunset Valley Elementary and all secondary schools.

Social, Emotional, Behavioral (SEB) locations:

Schools that have a SEB program include Pleasant Lea Elementary, Trailridge Elementary, Underwood Elementary and all secondary schools.

Medically Fragile location:

Sunset Valley Elementary houses the Medically Fragile program for the district.

Vision (VI) locations:

Schools that have a VI program include Bernard Campbell Middle School and Lee’s Summit North High School.

Great Beginnings Early Education Center (GBEEC)

The district does not offer a universal preschool program; however, GBEEC provides a variety of services to students who meet specific eligibility criteria for preschool-aged students.   Please go to ecc.lsr7.org/ for more specific information. Services and programs include the following:  

  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Head Start (HS)
  • Parents As Teachers (PAT)
  • Title 1 preschool

Miller Park Center (MPC)

Miller Park Center is a unique campus that houses two types of day-treatment programs, as well as, an 18-21 year program.  MPC provides services to students from kindergarten through their senior year and potentially beyond.   Please go to mp.lsr7.org/ for more specific information. Attendance at MPC is based solely upon IEP-team decisions.  IEP teams could consider the following programs for placement:  

  • Functional Language Intensive Growth and Hands-On Teaching Program (FLIGHT)
  • Gaining Real-life Experience And Training (GREAT)
  • Relationship-building, Intervention-based, Social/Emotional Program (RISE)

Documents / Forms

Procedural Safeguards

Bill of Rights

Parents guide to special education


If you have any questions, please contact the Special Services office at 816.986.1012.  

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