Specialized Services

Our Philosophy

We believe that every student deserves the best education and that learning experiences should have no barriers. We must discover each student’s ability and work with them to enhance their skills each day in partnership with families, faculty and the community.



Esperanza Academy Charter Schools provides multiple educational supports and services for students identified with disabilities. The services provided are:

  • Learning Support

  • Life Skills Support

  • Emotional Support

  • Speech and Language Services

  • Occupational Support

  • Licensed Social Worker

  • Licensed School Psychologist

  • Licensed Behavioral Specialist

  • Special Transportation

  • Para Educators

We also collaborate with the Office of Vocational and Rehabilitative Services (OVR) to provide students with transition services as they prepare for high school graduation. Esperanza provides specially designed instruction and supplemental aids and services which include audio books, use of technology and research based reading and math interventions.  The programs and services provided for students identified with disabilities at Esperanza Academy Charter Schools vary and we will continue to alter our programs in accordance with the demands of our changing learning environment.


It is important for parents to understand the special education process. Parents play a vital role on the team that decides the appropriate services for their child.

Please download the Pennsylvania Parent Guide To Special Education booklet designed to help parents better understand the special education process so they can participate in the educational decision-making process for their child. The chapters in this booklet address frequently asked questions and concerns parents of a child with a disability may have regarding special education.


Ms. Jocelyn Chavis- Special Education Coordinator, Grades 9-12
Ms. Irina Valentin-Rojas- Administrative Assistant to Special Education Coordinator, Grades 9-12

Ms. Kristi Tedeschi- Special Education Coordinator, Grades 3, 6-12
Ms. Isa Allende-Averette- Administrative Assistant to Special Education Coordinator, Grades 3, 6-12

Child Find Policy

It is the policy of Esperanza Academy Charter School that all students with disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated. This responsibility is required by a Federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, 20 U.S.C. 1200 et. seq. ("IDEA 2004"). Chapter 711 of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code requires the publication of a notice to parents sufficient to inform parents of children applying to or already enrolled in the charter school of (1) available special education services and programs, (2) how to request those services and programs, and of (3) systematic screening activities that lead to the identification, location and evaluation of children with disabilities enrolled in the charter school. The purpose of this Annual Notice is to comply with the school's obligations under Chapter 711 of Title 22 of the Pennsylvania Code. Complete policy is found here