South Washington County Schools

Ph: 651-425-7201
Office Hours:
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Special Services Department
     District Service Center
     7362 East Point Douglas Rd. S.
     Cottage Grove, MN 55016
     Phone: 651-425-7201
     Fax: 651-425-6318
     Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Early Childhood Special Education
     District Program Center
     8400 East Point Douglas Rd. S.
     Cottage Grove, MN 55016
     Phone: 651-425-6121
     Fax: 651-425-6199
     Hours: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Special Services

Special Announcement:

Twin Cities Public Television hosting FREE sensory-friendly event on April 8

Join Twin Cities Public Television for their sensory-friendly Second Saturday on Saturday, April 8 at 1:15 p.m. with Nature Cat!

As part of the event, Nature Cat cartoons will play on the big screen, followed by a Meet and Greet with Fred the House Cat.

Activities that encourage parents and their little ones to explore the outdoors will also be offered at the event. Representatives from the Bell Museum will bring a critter for the children to meet, and SciGirls, accompanied by representatives from Mounds Park Academy, will be on site to lead activities and inspire kids to dive into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities.

Finally, please consider bringing pet supplies (e.g. wire crates, dog leashes, treats, puppy pads, cat litter, etc.) for their pet supply drive. Donations will be given to Wags and Whiskers.

A few additional things to note:

  • Please register kids and adults separately.
  • Capacity for this event is limited to make the experience more comfortable.
  • Kids of all ages are welcome, and TPT encourages siblings to attend, too!
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Parking: The Lowertown Ramp (connected to TPT) is accessible from Jackson Street, and Sibley Street. If you enter on Jackson Street, you will have easier access to P5, the same level as the TPT entrance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this sensory-friendly event, please reach out to us at tptevents@tpt.org.

To register for this free event, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sensory-friendly-second-saturdays-at-tpt-tickets-33228584591. We hope to see you there!

South Washington County Schools provides a comprehensive program for students with unique learning needs. We offer a continuum of services to address student needs in the areas of: academics, social and emotional wellbeing, behavior, nursing, communication, and assistive technology.

The district offers special education and related services for all of the 13 disability categories, and serves approximately 2,800 students age birth through 21. District 833 offers a wide range of service delivery models to include home-based services for infants and toddlers and a wide variety of school-based services for school- aged students. Students aged 18 through 21 have transition services in a variety of settings to provide post-secondary education, independent living skills, and employment opportunities to assist students with the transition to life as a young adult. 

The philosophy of South Washington County Schools is to provide a continuum of services and to support students in their neighborhood schools to the greatest extent possible. We are proud of our continuous improvement and progressive program development to meet the changing needs of students.


This video provides updates and information on the Special Services Department.

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Next Step students learn lifelong skills at Afton Alps

South Washington County Schools is currently partnering with Vail’s Afton Alps in a supported job training arrangement for identified Special Education students to gain work experience in the community. Through this unique opportunity, students are learning valuable life skills that will help them prepare for their adult lives.