Decoder

Educational Placement

/resources/images/vector.png

Overview

In an IEP, placement refers to the setting where a student will be educated. School districts are legally obligated to place a student in the least restrictive environment (LRE) where they will receive a free, appropriate public education (FAPE). In these resources, parents can learn more about what these terms mean, what some common placement options are, and how to advocate for placements that set our kids up for success.

What does the least restrictive environment mean?

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) says that children with disabilities must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that will meet their needs. This means that public schools are required to provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all students with disabilities and place them in a classroom with their non-disabled peers to the greatest extent possible. Check out our article about educational placement to see what options may be available for your child.

Contents


Overview

What does the least restrictive environment mean?

How can I determine if a placement is appropriate for my child?

When can I disagree with the recommended placement?

Where will my child receive special education services?

Related Parent Questions

Latest Resources

Previous
Tags:

Promise Image
Each piece of content has been rigorously researched, edited, and vetted to bring you the latest and most up-to-date information. Learn more about our content and research process here.
A Navigator is your Partner at each turn
Every Undivided Navigator has years of experience supporting families raising kids with disabilities or parenting their own. Partner with an Undivided Navigator for a free Kickstart to learn first hand what support feels like!
tick-icon
Identify near-term goals and priorities
tick-icon
Develop a vision for your child and family
tick-icon
Map out strategies to execute near- and long-term goals
“It’s so helpful to have one place that you can go to get many answers.”–Leeza Woodbury, with Navigator Kelly since 2020
*Currently offering Navigator Kickstarts to residents of California