Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)

The least restrictive environment promotes the inclusion of children with disabilities in a general education classroom with other typically developing students. The goal is to limit the separation of children with IEP/Section 504 services from their peers and allow each child to meet their full potential. Children may have assistive devices, an aide, or other related services accompanying them in the classroom to support their learning. The LRE decreases isolation while promoting interaction with their physical and social environments for development. The only instances in which the LRE would be inappropriate is if the student with a disability causes disruption to other students’ learning, or if the student’s needs cannot be met in a general education classroom.

A child in a wheel chair works on an assignment with a 1-to-1 aide while their peers work on assignments individually.