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Special Services

The mission of the Special Services Department in the Ramsey School District is to help students reach their highest academic, social/emotional potential, and set post-secondary college and career goals.  The Special Services Department will collaborate with parents/ guardians, administrators and all school staff while reaching out to the community to provide a comprehensive support system that meets the varied needs of all students.


A Message from the Director

The Ramsey School District is dedicated to providing the best education possible for all its students regardless of their individual differences and unique learning styles. As Director of Special Services, it is my responsibility to promote the overall mission of the district that focuses on preparing all students to be capable and confident life-long learners. Students identified as in need of special education and related services are given equal access to the quality education provided by the district. This is accomplished through the coordination of our multi-disciplinary child study team that works in collaboration with students, parents, teachers, and support staff to develop goals and implement specially designed instruction that maximizes academic success, recognizes students' potential and fosters social and emotional development. I am committed to promoting a caring community of professionals that meet the diverse academic, emotional and social needs of all of our students in a respectful and positive environment. At times, the special education process can be complicated and frustrating for both parents and educators. Communication and collaboration are key ingredients in providing a successful experience for all our students. Regulations and misunderstandings sometimes complicate matters, but our staff is prepared to do the best they can to address your child’s needs. This website has been developed to provide important information to students, parents and staff. It is my hope that this website offers you an opportunity to have a resource that is easy to use and improves communication for the benefit of our special needs population.


Donna Volpe

Director of Special Services

Ramsey School District
 John Y. Dater School
35 School Street
Ramsey, NJ  07446

201-785-2300 x25473
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Priscilla Gutkin

Administrative Assistant

201-785-2300 x25473
Email Priscilla Gutkin