This page is dedicated to give resources and guidance to the Special Education process. The Special Services Page gives full details of the process starting from requesting a referral to the child study team, to developing an initial Individualized Education Plan (IEP), to ongoing implementation and adjustments to the IEP.


This edition of the Guide is the product of collaborative efforts between parents/guardians of students with special needs, represented by the South Orange-Maplewood Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC), and the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s Department of Special Services.


For more information about the SOMSD Special Education Resources and Staff, it can be found at


Each school in the district is represented by a Special Education liaison. The liaison for Marshall Elementary School can be reached at


Special Education Resources


Special Education PTO

The South Orange Maplewood Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (Special Education PTO) provides parents with tools and information to work collaboratively with the school district, and to be more effective advocates for their children.


They host monthly meetings to help families network with other families to navigate special education, and share information about concerns, successes, and resources. They support ongoing professional development of district staff and teachers, and encourage comprehensive, thoughtful inclusion of differently-abled children in our communities. In partnership with the Parenting Center they host a monthly meeting where all members of the community are welcome.


Membership to the Special Education PTO is free. They meet monthly, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, at the Board of Education building, 525 Academy Street in Maplewood, NJ 07040, 3rd Floor conference room.


There is also a Facebook group which you can follow called the South Orange/Maplewood Special Education Community.


The Parenting Center

The Parenting Center serves elementary school families in the South Orange Maplewood School District. The Center's goal is to be a dynamic resource in our community addressing children's needs and parent's concerns. Its aim is to provide parents with a full range of supports as they help their children grow and develop. 

  • Sponsors an evening speaker series addressing parents' most common concerns.  Speakers are nationally known experts as well as local professionals.
  • Presents parenting workshops on topics ranging from sibling rivalry, to bullying, to helping children eat more healthfully (a nominal fee is charged for some workshops).

For more information about The Parenting Center, it can be found at