Special Programs


Philomath School District Special Programs and Student Services


The Department of Special Programs and Student Services directly oversees and/or assists with the administration, coordination and implementation of a variety of school district programs and initiatives designed to support student achievement and well-being in an inclusive environment.   Our mission is to increase student achievement and ensure post-secondary readiness by developing policies, strengthening instructional practices and fostering conditions necessary to empower networks, school leaders and teachers to promote high standards and equitable access to effective school environments and programs.

We provide instructional services and support for students throughout Philomath School District. In order to effectively lead, support, and coordinate the variety of programs, department staff work with district staff, administrators, teachers, outside agencies, community members, parents and students as appropriate. This office is responsible for the planning, implementation and compliance monitoring of the following  programs and services:

  • Special Education
  •  Section 504
  •  Talented and Gifted
  •  English Language Development
  •  Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
  • Title 1A
  • Homeless Family Services


  •     All students can learn and will rise to our high expectations.
  •     School culture significantly impacts student achievement.
  •     All students deserve access to high quality core instruction in the least restrictive environment.
  •     Learning is enhanced by passionate teachers who pursue expertise in their fields and are highly valued by the entire community.
  •     Learning must include the ability to relate effectively amidst diverse cultures within a global economy.
  •     Education is a shared responsibility among students, educators, parents and community.


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Diana Matlock, Admin. Assistant
In-House: 5111
 Chris Jensen, Admin. Assistant
In-House: 5112

Special Education Services

Special Education Services may include a combination of the following:
  • Evaluation 
  • Consultation
  • Specially Designed Instruction
  • Curriculum Accommodations or Modifications 
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Autism Services
  • Vision Services
  • Hearing Services
Special Education Eligibility
The District supports students who are eligible for specially designed instruction in these areas:
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Communication Disorder
  • Deaf Blindness
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Mission:  AVID's mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. 

 AVID is: 
A structured college preparatory system working directly with schools and districts 
A direct support structure for first-generation college goers, grades 4-16 
A schoolwide approach to curriculum and rigor. 
A non-profit, college readiness system 
A support structure for typically low-income, underserved students 
For elementary through post secondary grade levels 
A schoolwide approach to rigorous curriculum 
Professional Development for educators 

Denee Newton-Vasquez

Denee Newton-Vasquez

AVID Coordinator

English Language Learners

English Language Development Program

The English Language Development Program in the Philomath School District 17J provides specialized English language instruction to students who are not yet fluent in English. Our program is designed to provide systematic English language development which supports students‘ acquisition of the English language and the teaching of Oregon’s English language Proficiency (ELP) Standards. For further details about Philomath’s ELD program see the District’s EL Plan.


Note: Philomath School District Policies will be available in Spanish soon

Nota: Las Pólizas del Distrito Escolar de Philomath estarán disponibles en español pronto


Lyn Kawai

Lyn Kawai


Talented & Gifted

The Philomath School District believes that talented and gifted students have specific educational needs and abilities. It is important to provide these students with an educational program which addresses their needs, while strengthening and expanding their abilities, so that they may be able to realize their potential contributions to self and society.

TAG Website

TAG Advisory Committee Meetings:

The TAG Advisory Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month from 5:00-6:00 PM at the district office, 1620 Applegate St. 

Parent Coordinator: Janel Lawrence 

Krista McGuyer

Krista McGuyer

Special Programs Administrator

Title 1A

Improving the Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged

The purpose of this title is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.

Susan Halliday

Susan Halliday

Homeless Family Services

Homeless Family Services / McKinney-Vento Act


Philomath School District is committed to providing high quality instructional services to all students, including students experiencing homelessness. National statistics show that extreme poverty, combined with high mobility and loss of housing, place students at greater risk for education challenges. The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal statute that provides legal protections to homeless youth and requires school districts to meet the educational, social, and health needs of homeless children and youth.

Mike Panico

Mike Panico


The Purpose of Section 504


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. The law applies to all agencies that receives public federal funds, including public schools. This anti-discrimination law requires that school districts meet the educational needs of students with disabilities as adequately as nondisabled students. Section 504 has two main purposes. One is about removing barriers for students with disabilities in K–12 public schools. The other is about protecting kids and adults with disabilities from discrimination in school settings and beyond.

Krista McGuyer

Krista McGuyer

Special Programs Administrator