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Toms River Special Education Attorney

About Toms River School District

Toms River is the largest school district in Ocean County. Over 18,000 students attend the eighteen schools, of whom approximately 2450 are classified as special needs. Approximately 20 special needs students are sent out-of-district, as the district has incorporated many out-of-district offerings within the public schools’ curricula. 

The annual budget is over $242 million, of which the local taxpayers raise approximately $166 million. Approximately $31 million is for Special Education . Per pupil cost is in under $14,000 annually. 

As in most public school districts in New Jersey, Special Education represents a significant portion of the district’s costs and responsibilities. Consequently, the districts face significant fiscal restraints when dealing soaring costs. It is important that parents of special needs students be fully represented by a knowledgeable Special Education Attorney or Educational Advocate from a child’s initial Individualized Education Program (IEP) through to the student’ s graduation or de-classification. The laws dictating his/her education are complicated and could be very costly to both the parent and the school district. No one knows your child better than you. That knowledge and insight must be communicated so that the student receives the education he/she deserves and is required by law to receive. 

Toms River Special Education Legal Services

At Susan Clark Law Group, we provide guidance and representation every step of the way to ensure a thorough and efficient, free education for your son or daughter. Further, we provide a free consultation before you sign with us so that you will know what to expect in your communications with the school district. We know and have experience in dealing with the Toms River schools. They are dedicated educators dealing with constraining budgets and trying to provide the best education for their students. However, the laws require that your child be provided with a unique educational program dictated by his/her Individualized Education Program (IEP). At Susan Clark Law Group, we will work on your child’s behalf that he or she receives all to which they are entitled. At our website,, you can view all of our blogs dealing with special education law and practices, and how they may pertain to your child. Many things can be done by yourself. However, make certain that you understand every issue and the idiosyncrasies and legal ramifications of each. Several law firms, such as The Susan Clark Law Group offer free suggestions which you can pursue yourself or with an educational advocate. It is ultimately your decision how you wish to proceed to best serve the needs of your child. Listed at the bottom of this articles are areas with which we deal on a common basis. 

Schools in the Toms River School District

For your convenience, the contact information for the district’s schools and the Director of Special Services are: 

Director of Special Services

Joy Forrest 732-505-5500 

High School East 732-505-5665 

High School North 732-505-5702 

High School South 732-505-5734 

Intermediate School East 732-505-5775

Intermediate School North 732-505-5800 

Intermediate School South 732-505-3900 

Beachwood Elementary School 732-506-5820 

Cedar Grove Elementary School 732-505-5830 

Joseph Citta Elementary School 732-818-8550 

East Dover Elementary School 732-505-5840 

Hooper Avenue Elementary School 732-505-5850 

North Dover Elementary School 732-505-5860 

Pine Beach Elementary School 732-505-5870 

Silver Bay Elementary School 732-505-5880 

South Toms River Elementary School 732-505-5890 

Walnut Street Elementary School 732-505-5900 

Washington Street Elementary School 732-505-5910 

West Dover Elementary School 732-505-5920

Special Education Attorneys in Toms River

One of the most important parts of a special needs child’s education is in the creation and monitoring of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). The development of this document requires time, patience, evaluation, monitoring, and future planning. Strict time-lines are set. Medical and Educational evaluations must be studies to ascertain where the child is academically, medically, emotionally, and socially. When this is known, it must be determined where he/she should be in those areas. At that point, it is incumbent upon the child study team (of which you, the parent, is/are members) to develop the measurable goals and objectives to get to where he/she should be. 

At Susan Clark Law Group, we have been involved in numerous cases that deal with various areas of special education needs, including: 

IEP’s examination, development, and follow-through, Out-of-district placements, Mediation, Due process petitions, School long-term suspensions and expulsions, Harassment, bullying, and intimidation, 504 Plans, Guardianship of children with special needs.

Visit us and see if we are a good fit for your child’s needs. 

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