Hempfield Area School District offers special education services to students with disabilities in a variety of service delivery options. These services are described on this web page.


    Special Education Links

    Westmoreland IU


    District Operated Programs

    Types of Special Education Assignments


    ·         Learning Support - Provides academic support

    ·         Emotional Support - Provides academic as well as social, emotional and behavioral support

    ·         Autistic Support - Provides a highly structured environment for academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and life skills support.

    ·         Speech and Language Support - Provides support to students’ who have difficulty with articulation, fluency, voice or language.


    Levels of Intervention

    The district operates resource rooms, full-time and itinerant level classes in a variety of settings. The designation of a classroom is dependants on the average amount of time most students spend in special education. The student’s IEP and not the type of classroom determine the amount of time a student is seen by a special education teacher.  The following indicate the level of intervention provided in the various classrooms:


    ·         Inclusion – All classes in the regular classroom with support in the classroom

    ·         Itinerant – 1% to 20% in a special  education classroom (IT)

    ·         Resource rooms – 21% to 61% in a special education classroom (RR)

    ·         Full-time – 61% to 100% in a special education classroom  (FT)

    ·         Co-Teaching – Regular Education class with a special education teacher proving support in the regular education classroom



    Inclusion is provided at all locations


    Hempfield Area High School

    ·         Co-Teaching Academic Classes

    ·         Learning Support Classes, (RR & FT)

    ·         Vocational Training through Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center (CWCTC)

    ·         Co-operative Work Experience

    ·         Vocational Training through Goodwill Services

    ·         Life Skills Support Class-WIU Operated Classroom


    Alternative Education Programs

    ·         Road Less Traveled has Itinerant learning support service

    ·         Crossroads Alternative Education has itinerant learning support service


    Harrold Middle School

    ·         Co-Teaching Academic Classes

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR & FT)


    Wendover Middle School

    ·         Co-Teaching Academic Classes

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR & FT)

    ·         Autistic Support Class - WIU Operated Classroom


    West Hempfield Middle School

    ·         Co-Teaching Academic Classes

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR)

    ·         Life Skills Support Class - WIU Operated Classroom


    Bovard Elementary School

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR & PT)

    ·         Autistic  Support


    Fort Allen Elementary School

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR)


    Maxwell Elementary School

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR)


    Stanwood Elementary School

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR & FT)


    West Hempfield Elementary School

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR)

    ·         Emotional Support Class


    West Point Elementary School

    ·         Learning Support Classes (RR)

          Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7 PROGRAMS AND SERVICES


          Intermediate units are regional educational service agencies created by the Pennsylvania State Legislature in 1970 to provide support to local school districts, to expand educational services and to provide cost savings to tax payers by eliminating service redundancy and taking advantage of economy of scale.


          Westmoreland Intermediate Unit #7 serves Westmoreland County to include seventeen school districts, Clairview School, and three Westmoreland County Career and Technology Center under the direct supervision of its board of directors and central administration.

          Hempfield Area School District uses the services of the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit to provide services to students with severe disabilities.  The classes operated by the Intermediate Unit are located in school districts throughout the county.  In Hempfield Area the Intermediate Unit operates an Autistic Support Classroom at Wendover Middle School.  A Life Skills Support Classroom is located at Hempfield Senior High School. Vision Support Services and Hearing Support Services are provided directly to the student at the student's home school.


         The Intermediate Unit also offers therapy services throughout the County.  Hempfield Area uses the occupational and physical therapy services of the Westmoreland Intermediate Unit.  These therapists provide services directly to the student at the student's home school.


               Services available at various locations in and out of the District


    ·         Life Skills Support – for children whose greatest need is to learn skills that will allow them to live and work independent of their families.

    ·         Hearing Impaired Support – for children who require help in dealing with hearing problems.

    ·         Physical Support – for children who need programs that consider their physical disabilities.

    ·         Multihandicapped Support – for children with more than one disability, the combination of which results in needs requiring many services and much support.

    ·         Blind & Vision Services - for children with limited or no vision.

    ·         Occupational Therapy - therapy to improve fine motor skills.

    ·         Physical Therapy- therapy to improve gross motor skills.


          Approved Private Schools

    The Approved Private Schools (APSs) are private schools, licensed by the State Board of Private Academic Schools. Approved private schools are approved by the Secretary of Education to provide a free appropriate special education for students with severe disabilities. The schools are eligible to receive funds from the school districts and/or the Commonwealth for the education of these students. Pennsylvania currently has 29 APSs for which the Department approves funding. These schools provide a program of special education for over 4,000 day and residential students.


          APSs are an important and necessary part of Hempfield Area School District's special education delivery system. These schools provide some students with what may be the only appropriate education program currently available.  In the Western Pennsylvania Area, Hempfield Area School District has students at the following APS sites:


    1.      Children’s Institute                              

    2.      Craig Academy                                       

    3.      Wesley Highlands School

    4.      DePaul Institute                                    

    5.      Pressley Ridge Day School  

    6.      Western Pa School for the Blind   

    7.      Western Pa School for the Deaf

    8.      Watson Institute

    9.      Easter Seals


          Signs that my Child May Need Special Education Services

    A child may need special help to make progress in school that is not normally needed by other children in the regular education classrooms. Your child may be exceptional if they have a physical, sensory, mental or emotional disability and need special education as determined by  an individualized Education (IEP) Team. Children who are determined exceptional have a right to a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).


         Some indicators that your child may be a child with a disability include:


    ·         Difficulty in academic subjects

    ·         Receiving failing grades

    ·         Repeating a grade

    ·         Exhibition of a serious emotional disturbance over a long period of time which affects your child’s ability to learn

    ·         Consistent problems in getting along with others

    ·         Difficulty communicating

    ·         Lack of interest or ability in age-appropriate activities

    ·         Resistance to change

    ·         Difficulty seeing or hearing that interferes with the ability to communicate

    ·         Health problems that effect educational performance


          How to Make A Referral

    If you believe that your child is in need of special help in order to make progress in school, that is not normally needed by other children, contact your child's principal, guidance counselor or the Director of Special Education at (724) 850-2458.


          All requests for evaluations must be made in writing. District forms are available through the guidance office or the principal at your child’s school. You may also contact the school psychologist at (724) 850-2468.


          Office hours are 8 AM—4 PM, Monday—Friday. All information will be kept confidential. Upon request, evaluations and/or tests will be given in you in your child’s native language or mode of communication unless it is clearly not feasible to do so.