About West Lake

In 1972, Lake Central School Corporation and Muster School District joined resources to form the West Lake  Special Education Cooperative.  This relationship was created in an effort to bring most students with a disability closer to home.

It is the belief of the Cooperative that the doctrine of least restrictive environment, as required by federal and state regulations, includes a full continuum of services and must include the option of general education placement with supplementary aids and services.  It is the goal of the Cooperative to educate each student in his/her neighborhood school.

West Lake in Response to Indiana Article 7 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) offers comprehensive programs for students ages three (3) through twenty-one (21).  Most programs for students are located in their neighborhood school.

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Rebecca Gromala

West Lake Special Education
8410 Wicker Ave.
St. John, IN 46373
Phone: (219) 365-8507
Fax: (219) 365-6641

Director: Rebecca Gromala

Mission Statement

The West Lake Special Education Cooperative in collaboration with Lake Central and Munster school communities is committed to providing support for students by the way of offering a full continuum of services to empower them to maximize their individual potential.

What is Special Education?

Special education is a combination of direct, indirect, and related services provided to those students aged three (3) through twenty-one (21) in collaboration with special and general educators.  Direction for special education programs comes from federal legislation – PL 101-476, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Indiana’s Article 7. Supportive federal legislation also includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to name a few.

Special education can only be provided to those meeting qualification standards in the IDEA and Article VII.  Those thirteen categories include the following:

Autism Spectrum Disorder Multiple Disabilities
Language or Speech Impairment Orthopedic Impairment
Dual Sensory Impairment Traumatic Brain Injury
Developmental Delay (Early Childhood) Blind or Low Vision
Emotional Disability Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Specific Learning Disability Other Health Impairment
Deaf-blind Developmental Delay
Mental Disability Cognitive Disability

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