SPEN at Whittier

The SPEN (Special Program for Elementary Needs) Program is a federal setting III self-contained program for students who have been diagnosed with an emotional behavior disorder. The SPEN Program is located within Whittier International Elementary and is composed of 4 classrooms for students in grades K-5.

Whittier's SPEN classrooms are highly structured special education classrooms that provide individualized instruction to small groups of 8-12 students. A highly-structured, proactive approach to teaching appropriate social and classroom behavior is employed in the classroom. Behavior management techniques, based on behavioral principles and supported by research are used to address challenging behaviors.

At Whittier, We Believe:

Students with disabilities are uniquely talented and are valued members of our inclusive school community.
Parents are essential members of their child's educational team and critical to their educational success.
Educating our special education students with their non-disabled peers to the extent possible promotes academic and social success.

MPS Special Education Mission:

To ensure that all students with disabilities learn. We support their growth into knowledgeable, skilled and confident citizens capable of succeeding in their work, personal, and family lives into the future.