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Specialty School Program


The Specialty School Program is an educational program licensed by the Office of the Superintendant of Public Instruction as a non-public agency (NPA) school.

The program provides educational services to students of contracted school districts who do not have the resources to meet the student’s individual education plan (IEP).

The school can accommodate up to 65 students year-round. Students attending the Specialty School receive daily instruction Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instruction is designed to meet their individual learning needs.

Students are placed within one of seven classrooms based on age and ability. Staff within the school program work directly with students to obtain their specific, identified goals.

Staff Details

The Specialty School is a regional provider of educational services that is identified by our contracted districts as a model program.

This program allows students to receive educational services while remaining in their communities.

The Specialty School is a tightly knit group of staff with a common goal of serving our students.

The team is instrumental in meeting Overlake’s mission of serving the community by providing less restrictive options to services that are lacking in the overall community.

We are the only nonprofit hospital-based school program in the entire Puget Sound region.

Specialty School staff are engaged in their work through a process that encourages them to communicate ideas and problem solve to meet both program and organizational goals. The school staff are able to enjoy seeing students successfully transition back to their school districts.


We have provided teaching, recreational therapy and counseling internships in the school program.

Career Paths

Recreational Therapy
Behavior Interventionist

Staff are encouraged to pursue professional growth and educational opportunities both within and outside Overlake. We work with staff to support growth opportunities. Many staff have completed pre-requisite, bachelor's and master's programs while employed at the Specialty School.

In collaboration with the school management team, staff actively participate and are accountable for achieving identified organizational goals in the areas of employee engagement, district and parent satisfaction, the program budget and student safety.

Work Hours/Shifts

Typically, Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Number of Employees

  • Teachers
  • Liaison
  • School Counselors
  • Recreational Therapists
  • Recreation Therapy Assistant
  • Behavior Intervention Specialists
  • Para-educators
  • Instructional Assistants

There are approximately 35+ staff overall within the program.


The school campus is located about one mile north of the main hospital campus.