Special Education

DESE is pleased to announce the new, interactiveMassachusetts Referral, Evaluation, and Eligibility Determination Guidance reusable learning object (RLO). This online resource replaces Is Special Education the Right Service? (ISERS). DESE gratefully acknowledges the assistance and contributions of numerous stakeholders in developing this resource, especially the Massachusetts Association of School Psychologists.


The Special Education Department is located in Central Office at Burlington High School.

123 Cambridge St
Burlington, MA 01803

Main Office: 781-270-1822
Fax: 781-270-1990

In accordance with IDEA and Massachusetts Chapter 71B, all public schools must provide special education for children determined to be educationally disabled. The law requires a school district to identify such children from age 3 to 21 years of age. This law applies to all children, including those in non-public schools, pre-schools, and hospital settings. In addition, children of migrant or homeless families are entitled to public education.

Parents or service providers who suspect a child might have an educationally disabling condition are encouraged to contact their child's school. Burlington Public Schools will arrange for the screening and evaluation of any students who are unable to progress effectively in general education because of a disability.

For more detailed information about the policies, procedures, and services available at Burlington Public Schools for special education, please contact Christina Cicolini in the Special Education Office at 781-270-1822.

Special Education Staff

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