The Office of Student Services, located at 89 Wellesley Street (Case House School Administration Building), oversees Special Education, Guidance, Health Services, and the English Language Education Program.
Child Find Ages 3-22 and Developmental Screenings for Preschool Students
In accordance with Federal Law, IDEA and Massachusetts law 603 CMR 28.00, the Weston Public Schools provides special education programs designed to meet the needs of eligible students who are attending not only public schools but also those who are home schooled or are attending private schools at private expense and whose parents reside in Weston.
In light of this, we would like to remind you that our office stands ready to assist with evaluation, identification, and provision of services to students who may be eligible for special education. If a student is found eligible for special education, all programs and services are offered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability.
If you or your family have any concerns that a student between the ages of 3 and 22 who resides in Weston may be disabled and may require special education services, you are asked to contact the following:
Director of Student Services
89 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA 02493
The Weston Public Schools is responsible for the evaluation of those students to determine if they are eligible for special education or related services under Federal law, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and Massachusetts State Law, 603 CMR 28 (Massachusetts Special Education Regulations).
The Weston Public Schools Public Schools is also committed to identifying children before their third birthday in order to provide early intervention services for three and four year-olds with disabilities. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s development and would like to have them screened, please call Emily Tucker, Assistant Director for Student Services at 781-786-5240 to set up an appointment.
Weston’s Director of Student Services Martha Bakken joined the District in July 2021. She began her career as a bilingual elementary teacher in New York City, and has taught and held other leadership positions in Boston, Everett, Westwood, Lexington, and Stoneham schools. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University; a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; a Master of Science from Wheelock College; and a Master of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
During her years as the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services in Stoneham, Ms. Bakken prioritized collaboration in pursuit of high expectations for every student. While in Stoneham, Ms. Bakken achieved a long list of successful school and district-wide initiatives. She has extensive experience supporting the use of data to inform instruction, especially with the goal of meeting the needs of students with special needs. Data has been critical to her work as a district leader, from building professional development and 1:1 coaching programs, to developing districtwide monitoring tools and facilitating a district wide data team. Ms. Bakken has shared she is excited to support the success of all students!
Parent/Guardian/Family Meetings with the Weston Student Services Director
Assistant Director of Student Services
The Weston Special Education Parent Advisory Council (Weston SEPAC) is an all parent volunteer group of that promotes a network for parents of children with disabilities to provide a forum to share information, support, provide resources and discuss important issues. Please visit the SEPAC website for more info.