Degrees and Certifications:
Alecia Segursky, Director of ESS
What is special education?
Special education is "specialized instruction" provided for students who are determined to have a specific disability. It may be provided by one or several special education teacher(s). Also, related specialists will sometimes assist in the program planning or direct services for a child.
Our mission is to provide students with disabilities an education that meets their individual needs in order to obtain a diploma and prepare them to successfully transition to employment and independent living after graduation.
- All people should be treated with dignity and respect.
- Everyone can learn at different rates and in different ways.
- Everyone has the right to learn in a safe and nurturing environment.
- Education is a partnership between the school, the family, and the community.
- Achievement should be encouraged, recognized, and celebrated.
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Services are currently provided for approximately 800 students, 3-21 years of age. Research-based programs, which have been designed to develop academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and independence skills for active participation in the community, are used throughout Gordon County Schools. If possible, students receive these services in their neighborhood schools. A continuum of services is offered for students identified as eligible under State of Georgia Regulations for special education. Disability areas served are Autism, Deafblind, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Emotional and Behavioral Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities (Mild, Moderate, Severe, Profound), Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Significant Developmental Delay, Specific Learning Disability, Speech-Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Visual Impairment and Blindness. Services are provided in a variety of settings, including regular education classes, co-taught classes, separate classrooms, and self-contained classrooms. Community-based instruction, hospital/homebound and work-study programs are examples of instruction provided in alternative settings. To ensure all students reach their full potential, goals and objectives are developed with instruction taking place in an appropriate classroom setting.