The Student Services Office provides appropriate and comprehensive programming through the use of local, state, and federal funding and grants. Educational programs for students Pre-K to age 22 ensure high standards and expectations for both staff and students through quality training, research-based instruction, and data driven decisions. The Student Services Office is responsible for Special Education students ages 3 to 22, Child Find, students on 504 Plans and McKinney Vento. A range of programs and a continuum of services are available to all our learners and can be viewed on our website. Our goal is always to provide services for student’s success, achievement, and transitions throughout their school years so they have every opportunity to become independent, lifelong learners, and productive citizens in a global, competitive society.
Special Education Child Find Notice
Under federal and state special education regulations, Hopkinton Public Schools has a duty to locate, identify, refer, evaluate and, if eligible, provide a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities who reside in the town of Hopkinton. For parents or guardians of children ages 3-21 years of age who have a disability or developmental delay, and who would like more information, please contact Dr. Karen Zaleski, Director of Student Services and Child Find Coordinator, at 508.497.9850.
Dr. Karen Zaleski holds a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Boston College with a concentration in Superintendent Leadership ( PSAP ), and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College. She has been serving in the role of Director of Student Services for the Hopkinton Public School District since 2015. She is responsible for the leadership of the Student Services department which serves students and their families, ensuring that high quality support services are in place to maximize students intellectual and social-emotional growth and development. Prior to coming to Hopkinton she served as a Director of Pupil Services and Middle School Assistant Principal in two school districts in Central Massachusetts. Dr. Zaleski is an adjunct professor at Anna Maria College in the Graduate Psychology Department in Paxton, Massachusetts and is also licensed as a mental health and substance abuse therapist. She began her career working at Adcare and Umass Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts and has spent over two decades serving adults, adolescents and families in a variety of clinical settings.