MCST Student Support Services

  • The Referral Process

    Students between the ages of 3 and 21 suspected of having an educational disability may be referred to the Child Study Team for an evaluation by a variety of resources. Typically they are referred by the Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) committee, an outside agency, or parent(s)/guardian(s).  Once the referral has been made, a Case Manager is assigned and will schedule an Identification meeting to determine whether a student will be evaluated or not.  If evaluations are warranted, decisions will be made as to which areas to assess.  The student will be assessed by the appropriate personnel and documented reports will be written and sent home to the parent(s)/guardians for review.   The parent(s)/guardians will have ample time to read the written reports prior to the eligibility meeting being scheduled.  This meeting will determine if the student is 
    eligible for special education services.  

    Members of the Child Study Team

    The New Jersey Department of Education requires that the Child Study Team include a School Psychologist, a Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, and a School Social Worker.  

    Eligibility of Students


    A student shall be determined eligible and classified “eligible for special education and related services” when the student has one or more of the following disabilities as defined in 6A:14. The 14 eligible categories include:

    o Auditorily Impaired

    o Intellectually Disabled

    o Mild Intellectually Disabled

    o Moderate Intellectually Disabled

    o Communication Impaired

    o Emotionally Disturbed

    o Multiply Disabled

    o Orthopedically Impaired

    o Other Health Impaired

    o Preschool Child with a Disability

    o Social Maladjustment

    o Specific Learning Disability

    o Traumatic Brain Injury

    o Visually Impaired