Special Education Parent Advisory Council

Andover Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a volunteer group of parents of children with disabilities, who are an advisory council. The SEPAC mandated objectives is "...to advise the school committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school committees special educational programs." (Excerpt from Massachusetts special education law, Section 3 of Chapter 71B that pertains to PACs)

A Parent's Guide to Special Education

"The purpose of this guide is to explain the special education process so that, if your son or daughter does receive special education services, you can work effectively with the school as a member of your child's special education team."
View the Parent's Guide to Special Education


Upcoming events

Join SEPAC Members for An Evening with Landmark Outreach

Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:30-8:30pm.

School Committee Room, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810

Anne Larsen and Adam Hickey will be speaking with parents and staff about :

  • What is Landmark Outreach?
  • How will APS utilize Landmark Outreach Program?
  • Questions and Answers
  • Coffee and Cookies

Anne Larsen: Ann has been working professionally in the field of language-based learning disabilities for over thirty five years. Associated with Landmark School for much of that time, Ann is currently a lead faculty member with the Landmark School Outreach Program. Her other responsibilities over the years at Landmark School have included: assistant director of admission, academic dean at Landmark High School, academic case manager at Landmark Elementary/Middle School, dean of women students, and language arts teacher and tutor.

Adam Hickey: Adam is a graduate of Harvard University where he earned his masters degree in language and literacy development. While studying at Harvard, he taught at the Maria L. Baldwin School in Cambridge as a reading specialist and explored the impact of early intervention on struggling readers at the elementary level. He also holds a masters degree in education from Simmons College. Adam is a licensed Reading Specialist and Moderate Special Needs Educator.

SEPAC Meeting

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 7:00-9:00pm.

St. Augustine Religious Education Center, Room 205, 35 Essex Street, Andover

Agenda Items

  1. Introductions
  2. Parent input/concerns
  3. Channel 5 Investigation - Battle over secret agreements for students with special needs
  4. Dyslexia Report
  5. How to Read an IEP
  6. Other Business - Invite Autism Eats, Transportation update

June 17, 2016

The Andover School District has shared the report from the Language Based Program Review conducted by the Eleni Steadman,MS, CCC-SLP

The Language-Based Program Review was conducted on Sanborn Elementary School LEAP, Doherty Middle School LEAP and Andover Hight School Language Based Program

View the Language Based Program Review

SEPAC's presentation to the school committee

January 15th, 2015

View SEPAC's presentation

SEPAC recommendations are based on results from the;
Needs Assessment Survey,
Dept. of Elementary, and secondary Education (DESE) report,
Corrective Action Plan (CAP),
2009 & 2013 Walker Reports

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General SEPAC Meetings

June 21, 2016(6:30-8:30pm)
July 14, 2016(5:30-8:00pm)
August 09, 2016(7:00-9:00pm)
September 15, 2016(7:00-9:00pm)
October 12, 2016(7:00-9:00pm)

Meeting location

St. Augustine's Religious Education Center, Conference Room 2, 2nd Floor, 35 Essex Street, Andover, MA


Please read St. Augustine's Policies and Procedures