The Tallmadge City Schools Special Education Services begin with preschool programs for three to five year old children. This program is located at David Bacon School and offers services to students both with and without disabilities. Students with disabilities attend for free and typical students attend at a low tuition rate. If you are looking for a great preschool experience for your child call 330-945-5600. The program is run by the Summit County Educational Service Center. Early intervention is the key to long term success. The Summit County preschool program does evaluations to determine if a student has a disability and we are always looking for peers to participate in the program and increase their preparation for Kindergarten.
All of our elementary buildings offer the full continuum of special needs programming. Small group instruction for specially designed instruction in accordance with a students' IEP (Individual Education Program) is offered at each building. Students participate in the “Least Restrictive Environment” by participating in special education programs when the need dictates and general education settings with or without support depending on their individual needs. With the federal push for inclusion and the closing of the Weaver School Age programs, our schools serve students with significant disabilities in the public school setting. Those students receive related services such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. Intervention Specialists work with students to assure that each student is successful and remains in the Least Restrictive Environment whenever possible. Many students receive instruction in the general education setting with Intervention Specialist supporting their growth and development by co-teaching or providing direct and specialized instruction depending on the student need. These programs are designed to help students overcome weakness and capitalize on strengths weather the student had a mild reading disability or significant cognitive impairment.
Middle school and High school students also receive the entire continuum of services based on individual need. Students with disabilities are supported based on their individual need with resource room, co-teaching or other support services. A functional curriculum is offered for students with significant disabilities to help prepare these children for employment and independent living. Students with disabilities at the high school level often attend school until they are 22 (in accordance with federal law). These students often participate in a number of career opportunities such as the many vocational programs offered through the Six District Compact, project SEARCH or Kent State transition program. Intervention Specialists at this level serve students with a wide range of needs. These dedicated teachers specialize in content areas as well as honing their special education skills to provide each student with academic support as well as life skill development.
The Tallmadge City Schools are proud that our students with special needs participate in high quality programs with highly qualified teachers at all levels of instruction. Each child is provided with individualized programs, based on their level of need in the least restrictive environment. Although these programs receive some state and federal funds approximately 15 % of the cost of these services are supported by your local tax dollars.
A copy of “Who's Idea Is this?” is available to anyone interested in special education regulations and procedures. This document was developed by parents for parents in the state of Ohio and describes the procedures and services required by federal and state law. Anyone can obtain a copy by contacting the student services office located at The McCombs Education Center. If you have any questions or need additional information, Karen Kanotz is the Director of Student Services and would be glad to speak with you.
The Office of Student Services is also responsible for programs for students who are gifted, students who are learning English as a second language and for any residency and custody issues families may have in the process of enrollment.