Special Education

Welcome to the Peabody Public Schools

Special Education Department

Our philosophy is that of inclusion for all students in the least restrictive environment for that individual student.  We also ensure Free and Appropriate Education for each of our students.

Each student is treated as an individual and therefore their needs are very different from another student.  We value inclusive practices for all students and the very definition of inclusive is as unique as the student’s needs.

We welcome all students who are eligible for Special Education services through the Federal guidelines for eligibility and services as outlined by IDEA 2004.  For further clarification of definitions and laws, please click on the following link to the Department of Education / Massachusetts.


The Special Education Programs offered within Peabody consider all areas of disabilities.


The SEPAC is a volunteer organization made up of parents and caregivers whose children are on an IEP or 504 through the Peabody Public Schools. We have monthly meetings or workshops on various topics and concerns. Our meetings are free and open to the public. 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope that the month of October has gone well for you. As I write this letter, it is certainly feeling more autumnal. I’m pleased to announce that our second Special Education Parents Advisory Committee meeting will be held November 1st at 6PM. I am so pleased to announce that we have some parents that are hoping to attend that are interested in leading SEPAC. We will be live streaming and in person at the Higgins Library for your convenience. If you are unable to attend in person, please join us remotely here SEPAC remote access agenda:

● Nomination and election of officers
● Tiered Focused Monitoring Parent Orientation (Click here for the notice of Tiered Focused Monitoring activities)

I hope to see you then.

Carla Chioda

In accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA 2004) and Massachusetts special education regulations, 603 CMR 28.00, the Peabody Public School District provides screenings and/or evaluations for all children residing in Peabody, between the ages of 3-21, when parents, caretakers, and/or teachers suspect the presence of a disability.  The purpose of the evaluation is to determine eligibility for special education services. This notice applies to children residing in Peabody who attend either public or private schools. If you suspect your child may have an educational disability, please contact your child’s principal or the Special Education Chairperson for your neighborhood school.  (please see directory)