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Student Services

Welcome to the Ridgway Area School District’s Office of Student Services. Student Services focuses on ensuring that every student grows socially, emotionally, and intellectually. We recognize that not all students grow and learn in the same way or at the same rate. Students may need support, services, and resources to gain the skills and knowledge to pursue their post-secondary goals and to become productive members of a community. Likewise, families may need access to resources to better support their children in school and at home. Finally, as educational professionals, we know that the best way to learn and grow is with and through others. The Office of Student Services can provide educators with support and strategies that will help them create a learning environment conducive for students who learn differently or who are challenged by a typical classroom setting. If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this page, please email any member of the Student Services staff using the links below or call (814) 776.4255. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of you and your child’s educational journey. 

Common Core

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic standards developed with the intention of unifying learning expectations for students across all states. These standards define kindergarten through twelfth grade learning points designed to ensure that students are well prepared for postsecondary education and career.

Special Education and Behavioral Support Services

We know how challenging it can be for parents to find resources to help their child with special needs succeed in school. We also know that there are so many rights, rules, regulations, forms, and jargon, it can be intimidating for parents and difficult to understand everything that is going on.

Behavioral Support Services are a component of the psychological services that we may provide to students who receive their education in the general education or special education setting. Students whose behavior adversely affects one or more areas of their lives may be candidates. Behavioral support services include, but are not limited to, the evaluation of a student’s behavior within the educational setting, analysis of data collected from the evaluation, development and implementation of behavioral interventions, and monitoring of those interventions. Parents/guardians, administrators, guidance counselors, and teachers may refer students for behavioral support services.

Annual Public Notice

The Annual Public Notice of the Ridgway Area School District is available in the main office of each building, the Office of Student Services, and the Office of the Superintendent.

Student Services Staff

Erica Heindl
Director of Special Education
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Heather McMahon-Vargas
District LEA/RASD Superintendent
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Mary McGrath
RASD Confidential Secretary
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Jessica Santiso
RASD School Psychologist
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