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I am grateful for the insights shared during my first 100 days and look forward to making progress on six goals.

Special Education

The Council Bluffs Community School District offers a continuum of services to meet the needs of each student identified as an eligible individual in the state of Iowa. The continuum of services is available for eligible students from preschool to age 21 based on needs identified through the Individual Education Plan (IEP), and ensures that all students are served in the “least restrictive environment.”  All District schools have special education instructional services to meet the needs of students in the general education classroom and in pull-out settings. Other services may include speech, vision, hearing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, assistive technology, paraprofessional services and transportation.

Council Bluffs Community Schools provides a broad variety of Special Education Services to more than 1,400 students from preschool to age 21.  The 2014-15 graduation rate (the last year data is available) for students with IEPs was 81.2%, which exceeds the national average.  The District continues to create a path forward for students with IEPs.  The goal for each student is to enter adult life with the skills necessary for independent living and working in the community to the greatest extent possible.


Click the following links for more information:

Link to District-Developed Special Education Plan

GHAEA Programs and Services


Summer Opportunities for Students 2017:

Keeping Kids on Their (Learning) Toes During Summer

All Ages

  • Camp Munroe is a recreational day camp program which runs from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m Monday through Friday, for six weeks during the summer. This day camp program is offered for children and youth ages 2 ½ through 21 with developmental disabilities including Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida and/or genetic disorders. The program’s mission is to offer children and youth with developmental disabilities a summer camp experience that can meet their individual needs while providing opportunities for recreational play and social interaction with peers.

High School Aged Students

  • Summer Work Boot Camp sponsored by the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation

Ages 8-17 years

  • Project Explore
    • Specifically designed for children identified with a learning disability, attention deficit disorder, or other high functioning disabilities such as Asperger’s syndrome, without primary emotional or behavioral problems.
    • July 2 – July 8

Summer Camp List

  • ASK Resource Center has compiled a listing of summer camps in Iowa that would be helpful for families seeking a summer camp experience for their child.  While the ADA would required camps to provide reasonable accommodations, this listing includes notation of some camps that may provide accommodations and modified programming that could more specifically meet the needs of students with significant or complex disabilities.  The listing includes camps that may more specifically address needs/accommodations for students with visual impairments, hearing impairments, lower limb disabilities, health disabilities and intellectual disabilities.


Staff Contact Information

Educational Service Center
300 West Broadway, Suite 1600
Council Bluffs, IA  51503
Fax: 712-328-6548

Becky Zorn, Director of Special Education
712-328-6430 ext. 434