Special Services

Columbia Special Services Department

The Student Services Department is committed to providing a continuum of specialized instruction, related services, and accommodations for students with disabilities that affords them the opportunity to meet the demands of the general education curriculum. Through the collaboration of special and general education teachers and related services staff, we provide individually designed instruction that addresses both academic and social emotional learning. We believe the most successful student outcomes will be the result of collaborative work between the student, parents and staff.

Important News


The Early Childhood Team of Horace W. Porter School is pleased to announce that we will conduct Preschool Screenings for Columbia 3 year olds (turning 3 by December 31, 2019) and any 4 year olds not previously screened (and not turning 5 by December 31, 2019)

                         SCREENING DATES:  Monday, January 29, 2019
                                                              Monday, March 25, 2018

 All public school systems in Connecticut are responsible for the identification of children who may be eligible to receive special education services.  The early childhood team in Columbia offers preschool developmental screenings for current resident children.  The purpose of this screening is to collect information about each preschooler’s early development in the areas of cognition, communication, motor functioning, and social interaction.  This will help us to determine whether your child needs any special services in order to prepare for school success.

Please contact Deb Dupuis at (860) 228-0585 to schedule a screening and if you have any questions.

 If you have concerns about a child that has not yet turned 3, please contact Birth-to-Three at (800) 505-7000.

 If you would like to participate in the preschool screening and/or have any questions regarding our preschool program, please call Deborah Dupuis at 860-228-0585.

Contact Information

Barbara Wilson, Director of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator
3 Schoolhouse Road
Columbia CT 06237
860-228-0585 x 115

Deborah Dupuis, Secretary to the Director of Student Services
3 Schoolhouse Road
Columbia CT 06237
860-228-0585 x 112

The Columbia Public School District does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mental disorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.