Sample IEP Request Letter
By: the United Advocates for Children of California
Here is a
sample letter requesting an Individual Education Plan for your child:
City, State, Zip code)
(Your Child’s Name)
(School Principal’s Name),
writing to request an Individual Education Plan (IEP) assessment for my
child (Your Child’s Name), who is
(Your Child’s Age) old, and a student at (The School’s Name). (Your Child’s Name) is a student in the
(Your Child’s Grade Level or Class Name).
(His or Her) primary instructor is (Primary Instructor or
Homeroom Teacher’s Name).
I am very
concerned about (Your Child’s
Name’s) ability to successfully achieve an education due to (His or
Her) difficulties with (Name The Specific Issues Your Child Is
Experiencing At School. Include Academic
and Emotional Issues That Are Interfering With His/Her Ability To Maintain
Successfully In The Classroom Setting.)
(Your Child’s Name) requires this evaluation in order to identify
possible learning or emotional disabilities that are interfering with (His
or Her) ability to achieve up to (His or Her) full potential.
contact you next week to schedule an appointment to begin this assessment. I can be reached at: (Give Your Mailing Address and Work, Home, and Mobile Telephone Numbers if
Available.) I look forward to
speaking with you soon and I appreciate your assistance in this matter.
cc: As Many Of The Titles Listed As Applicable To
Your Child’s School: Vice Principal,
Counselor, Primary Classroom Teacher or Homeroom Teacher, Special Education
Director, Local School Board President
cc: John Brown, Vice Principal, Hometown
Jane White, Counselor,
Hometown Elementary School
Jill Green, Instructor Homeroom 3,
Hometown Elementary School
James Black, Director of Special
Education, Hometown Elementary School
Jennifer Gray, Board President,
Hometown Elementary School Board
TIPS FOR IEP SUCCESS:
Start a binder to keep copies of
everything regarding your child’s education, medical and emotional needs. Include copies of letters, IEP’s, medical
records, a log of incidents in the school or community, etc. Put a picture of your child on the cover of
this binder and bring it to all meetings that concern him/her. Don’t rely on any of the agencies that serve
your child to keep her/his records for you.
Use your child’ name
frequently – each time you use his/her name, it will be more difficult for the
reader to “forget” who your child is. Also, be very specific in
describing behaviors that are hindering your child in school. These can be both classroom and “recreational/recess
periods, and may include difficulty understanding, and or processing
information, difficulty sitting still, hearing, seeing, distractibility, anxiety,
explosive outbursts, problems following directions or re-direction, etc.
Engage and enroll the school officials
in helping you help your child, try to save your anger and frustration for
Send copies of your letter to at
least three school officials, and use cc: so that everyone who receives your
letter will know that they are part of this process and have been officially
requested to provide assistance.
Follow-up: Mark the date on your calendar and if you
haven’t heard from anyone of the persons you called, within nine working days
from the date you mailed your letters, call all of the people you wrote to
inquire about scheduling your first assessment appointment.
Remember that as a parent/caregiver,
you have the right to request an
assessment for your child if you feel she/he is in need of assistance. Don’t let any school officials try to convince
you that you don’t have this right.
Learn about the rights of children
with special educational needs. There
are many links on this website to assist you.
IDEA = Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, it is your legal
guide to getting services for your child.
Be stubborn with a smile; you will
need to work with your child’s school to help him/her, and it is an
evolving process that will require everyone’s time.
Be especially considerate of the
school officials receptionists/assistants, they are the gateway to getting
your needs met.
10) Try to attend a local school board
meeting; it helps to know who may be an ally at the top.