Administration > Special Education

Abington School District affords students with disabilities an array of diverse and exciting programs and services for meeting individual learning needs.  In compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the Pennsylvania School Code, the district provides within its public schools Learning, Emotional, Autistic, Life Skills and Speech and Language Support Programs.  Every effort is made to serve students at their home schools using an inclusive approach towards instructional delivery.

Individualized Education Program

  • Written by a team of school professionals in conjunction with parent(s) or guardian(s).
  • Goals are written for each student based on the results of formal and informal testing and observations.
  • Includes individualized, specially-designed instruction in academic, self-help, communication, motor, vocational and social skill areas.  
  • When appropriate, students may receive one or more related services to help them access their program of instruction.

Special Education Instruction

  • Is aligned with the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and students fully participate, with testing accommodations when appropriate, in all district and state-wide assessment programs.   
  • Provides a solid foundation for all students to master the academic content, skills, and competencies for lifelong learning, independence, and professional growth.  
  • Students participate in all school activities including vocational education programs which may be community based.


Special Education for Gifted Students

Students who are determined to be mentally gifted by the Gifted Multidisciplinary Team are provided with a program of specially designed instruction to meet the outstanding intellectual and creative abilities of each student.

Elementary Program:

  • Abington Program for Excellence is a weekly, two and one-half hour enrichment program available for students in Grades 1-6 designed to expand and enrich students’ learning experiences, while challenging them to reach their intellectual and creative potential.
  • Communication Arts is taught throughout the Humanities strand. The students further develop their writing skills and increase their public speaking abilities while working in whole and small groups as well as independent studies.
  • Mathematics and Science are taught across the grade levels through an inquiry-based program with a focus on developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Secondary Program:

  • Critical Thinking Course for gifted students in Grades 7 and 8 focuses on the advanced application of reading and critical thinking skills.
  • Creative Studies Seminar for gifted students in Grades 9-12 focuses on advanced learning, and independent studies in areas of interest and expertise along with mentoring opportunities with select faculty.

Useful Websites



Ms. Kelly Lambert
Assistant Director of Special Education

Dr. David Bergman
Supervisor of Special Education at Abington Senior High School
215-884-4700, ext. 2075

Mr. Rob Howe
Department Chair of Gifted Education

Mr. Andrew Hudson
Coordinator of Special Education at Copper Beech Elementary School

Ms. Julia Krik
Supervisor of Special Education at Abington Junior High School
215-884-4700, ext. 2434

Dr. Jennifer Peszek
Supervisor of Elementary Special Education at Roslyn, Overlook, Highland, and Willow Hill Elementary Schools

Ms. Regina Rausch
Supervisor of Special Education at McKinley and Rydal Elementary Schools
215-884-4700, ext. 6206