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Programs & Services

State and federal laws require that all school districts provide special education programs and services to resident school-age children with disabilities. Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Independent School District provides a full continuum of special education services to students with disabilities. To access these services the following process is used: 

  • A referral is made by teacher or parent. 
  • Pre-referral intervention strategies are designed and conducted. 
  • An evaluation is conducted to determine eligibility and educational need. 
  • An Individual Educational Plan (IEP), Individual Interagency Intervention Plan (IIIP), or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) is developed. 
  • Services to meet a student's special education needs are delivered. 
  • Plan goal progress is monitored and reported. 

Services for Elementary and Secondary Students 

Independent School District 191 is committed to providing services in the least restrictive environment. Students with a Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Emotional/Behavior Disorder (EBD), Developmental Cognitive Disabilities - Mild/Moderate (DCD-M/M), Physical Impairment (PI), Other Health Impaired (OHI), and Speech/Language Impairment (SPI), typically receive services through special education staff at their neighborhood school. Students with other disabilities may also receive services at their neighborhood school based on an IEP team decision. 

The district serves students in specialized-focus programs, as appropriate, for students with Developmental Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional/Behavior Disorders (EBD), Neuro-biological Disorders (NB) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Placement in a focus program is determined by the student's IEP team and facilitated by a district special education coordinator/supervisor. 

Focus programs are designed to serve students' curricular and disability needs. Enrollment in these programs is determined by an IEP team based on the student's need for a significant amount of special education service beyond what is available in their neighborhood school.

Academic Social Communication Program 

  • Hidden Valley Elementary School
  • Rahn Elementary School
  • Sky Oaks Elementary School
  • Vista View Elementary School
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School
  • Burnsville High School 

​Functional Academics Program 

  • William Byrne Elementary 
  • Nicollet Middle School
  • Burnsville High School 

Social, Emotional, Behavioral Program 

  • Edward Neill Elementary 
  • Nicollet Middle School 
  • Eagle Ridge Middle School
  • Burnsville High School 

Transition Services (18-21 years old) 

Students with all disabilities who have not graduated and who continued to have IEP-based educational needs receive instruction at the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Transition (BEST) Program. This program provides students with real life curriculum in five areas - home living, recreation and leisure, jobs and job training, post-secondary education and training, and community participation. Students exit the program and receive their high school diploma when their Individual Education Plan goals have been met. 

The Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District is a member of Intermediate School District 917. Services for students who are visually impaired, deaf/hard of hearing, or who require physical therapy may receive these services at a District 191 school or at a focus program. 

District 191 hosts a deaf/hard of hearing program for students ages 3-5 at Diamondhead Education Center and Gideon Pond Elementary, and a senior high program for students with severe/multiple disabilities at Burnsville Senior High. 

The Executive Director of Student Services or a Special Education Supervisor will contact District 917 to request their services.


Extended School Year (ESY) 2020


Monday - Thursday

July 6 - 23

Hours for Elementary, Middle School, High School and Transition:  8:30am - 11:30am