Special Education Overview

  • In order to meet the needs of all children within District 74, the special education department provides a variety of services for children beginning at the age of three. District 74 employs highly qualified Special Education Teachers, Speech/Language Pathologists, Social Workers and School Psychologists. We provide an extensive continuum of services for children with special needs in conjunction with Niles Township District for Special Education #807. Students are educated in the least restrictive environment. District 74 partners with families to develop plans to meet students’ academic, social, physical, and emotional needs. If you have questions regarding special education in District 74, please contact Jennifer Ruttkay, Director of Special Education at 847-675-8234.

    If you have concerns regarding the development of your 3, 4, or 5 year old, please register your child for a free preschool screening. Your child must be 3 years old on or before the screening date.


    All screenings will be held at Elizabeth Meyer School, 8100 N. Tripp, Skokie. Please call Jackie Thommen at 847-965-9040 ext. 1104 for an appointment.


    Lincolnwood residents can attend any of the screenings below: 


    • September 19, 2017
    • October 17, 2017
    • November 14, 2017
    • December 12, 2017
    • January 23, 2018
    • February 20, 2018
    • March 20, 2018
    • April 17, 2018
    • May 15, 2018


  •  Ruttkay

    Jennifer Ruttkay
    Director of Special Education