The Student Services Team is responsible for overseeing the provision of services for all special populations and uses its Student Services Screener and related Tiers of Support to fulfill this responsibility. 

Student Screener

CSI utilizes its Student Services Screener to consider issues of access and equity. The screener tool considers a school’s performance across 6 indicators for students with disabilities, students with 504 plans, English Language Learners, and Gifted and Talented Students.

Tiers of Support

CSI utilizes its Tiers of Support to ensure schools receive the appropriate level of support and intervention. All schools have access to universal supports, and Tier 2 and 3 schools have access to additional layers of customized support.

Special Education

CSI operates as the administrative unit (AU) with authority to deliver services and monitor compliance for exceptional student services in its individual charter schools. Schools agree to take direction from and work collaboratively with the Institute with regard to the provision of these services, evaluations and concerns, and to provide for the attendance of any necessary school employees at appropriate meetings i.e. IEP, 504. Learn more

Gifted Education 

Colorado law requires all public schools to identify and serve gifted children between the ages of five and twenty-one. ‘Gifted children’ are defined as those whose abilities, talents, and potential for accomplishment are so exceptional or developmentally advanced that they require special provisions to meet their educational programming needs. Each CSI school is required to develop a Gifted Education Program Plan that describes how the school will identify and serve gifted students. Learn more

Section 504

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is an unfunded federal law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in any program or activity operated by recipients of federal funds. Students eligible for services under Section 504 have a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits major life activities. Each CSI school is required to have a Section 504 Coordinator. Learn more

English Language Learners

All schools serving English Language Learners must provide educational programming that meets the language acquisition needs of those students. What that programming looks like is a school based decision. With this in mind, each CSI school is required to submit an English Language Program Plan to the Student Services Department that highlights how their school will meet Federal and the Colorado Department of Education requirements for identification, assessment, reclassification, instructional programming, exiting, and staffing. Learn more

The Student Services team also supports in the following programs: 

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance  –  School Nursing & Health  –  Colorado Preschool Program  –  READ Act  –  Concurrent Enrollment & ASCENT  –  Career & Technical Education  –  Graduation Guidelines – Educator Qualifications & Induction Programs

Student Services Team

Clare Vickland

Clare Vickland

Director of Student Services


Matt Hudson

Matt Hudson

Director of Special Education


Kimberly Caplan

Kimberly Caplan

Gifted Education & Professional Learning Manager


Nick Stachokus

Nick Stachokus

Student Services Improvement Specialist


Michael McManus

Michael McManus

Career Pathways and School Programs Coordinator


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