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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


35 Barksdale Rd.
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: 860-233-4421
Fax: 860-232-4732

Jennifer Derick, Principal 

What is West Hartford SEPTO?

West Hartford SEPTO is a town-wide special education PTO.  We are a non-profit organization, founded in June 2002 to provide support, education and friendship to parents navigating their way through the school system with a special needs child.

What We Do

Do you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s services at their school?  Do you need help sorting through the maze of people, services, and therapies, etc.?  Are you looking to gain more information so you can advocate for your child more effectively? Maybe you want to meet other parents within West Hartford who are looking for support or friendship?  This is what we do…

Who Can Join?

Anyone who has an interest in the welfare of children receiving special education services.

  • Parents
  • Families
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Students
  • Friends

SEPTO membership is separate from membership in your school PTO's/PTA's.  We encourage concurrent membership.



Finding Your Advocacy Style

For many parents, navigating the special education process is extraordinarily overwhelming. It can become even more so when disagreements arise between the parents and the school team about the child’s program. As seasoned professionals who work with parents and school districts in IEP meetings almost every day, Attorney Jennifer Laviano and advocate Julie Swanson have learned which parental advocacy styles are effective, and which ones are not. Further, having insight into what drives administrative decision making can be a valuable tool for parents as they strive to have their child’s educational needs met. Join us for this informational and entertaining session, Finding Your Advocacy Style with Jen and Julie. Advocate Julie Swanson and Special Education Attorney Jennifer Laviano are of co-founders of YourSpecialEducationRights.com The meeting will be held at Sedgwick Middle School.




Please join us the 1st Friday of every month at 9 AM, for “Coffee and Conversation” at Panera Bread in Bishop’s Corner by Staples. (except January, which is the 2nd Friday)

This casual gathering provides a great opportunity for parents of children receiving special educations services to network and build relationships.


Upcoming Events

  • August 2017
    • ThuAug24 New Family Welcome Breakfast & Tour 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
    • TueAug29 Grade 1-5 Sneak Peek 2:30 PM to 3:15 PM
    • TueAug29 Kindergarten Popsicle Social 3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
    • WedAug30 First Day of School
    • WedAug30 One Hour Visits for Kindergarten
    • ThuAug31 First Day of School for Kindergarten
    • ThuAug31 Kindergarten Coffee Social 8:30 AM to 9:15 AM
  • September 2017
    • MonSep04 Labor Day, School Closed

West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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