The Greenwood Public School District's Special Education Department is committed to the provision of high quality, accessible programs to ensure a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to meet the needs of all students with disabilities. To that end, this section summarizes the major parts of our special education program.
Too often staff members know the make-up and operations of their own school's special education program and how their own school operates, yet they know little about their counterparts at other schools in the District. This section summarizes what special education looks like across GPSD. So if you are asked, "What does special education look like in Greenwood?" here are answers. As of December 1, 2013, the District was serving a total of 305 students with disabilities between ages 3 to 21---285 in public school and 20 in private school. Students in each of the 13 disability categories were a part of the program. The special education department is currently comprised of 22 highly qualified special education teachers, including 2 speech pathologists, 15 special education assistants, and 3 part-time bus assistants, a special education director, child find coordinator, and a special education secretary.
Students with disabilities are served at each of the schools in the District. A range of placement options extending from general education placement with supplementary aids and services to home/hospital services is available to serve the students with disabilities in their least restrictive environment (LRE). We focus on inclusive practices in the education of students with disabilities yet we still match services to student needs. There are 5 students receiving their services outside of the school district to ensure they receive a FAPE. Some of the younger students we serve attend Head Start or day care. Students with disabilities who attend private schools as a result a parental placement receive an equitable and proportionate share of our funding based on a per pupil calculation.
|Name / Position||Email Address||Contact Numbers|
|Mrs. Linda Payne|
|firstname.lastname@example.org||(662) 644-0669 (Phone)|
|Mrs. Cheryl Smith|
|email@example.com||(662) 644-0678 (Phone)|
|Ms. Lisa Robinson|
Child Find Coordinator / Psychometrist
|firstname.lastname@example.org||(662) 644-0726 (Phone)|
Greenwood Public Schools guarantee a free and appropriate public education for students with special needs, ranging from students with disabilities to the gifted/talented students. The district offers services for students with disabilities from age 3-20 as following:
Individualized Education Program
Screening, consultation, evaluation and referrals to Preschool Program Related Services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and transportation.
Transportation from school to work
Literacy Instructional Capacity Survey-Teacher Version:
It is the philosophy of the Greenwood Public Schools that gifted students require a qualitatively differentiated curriculum taught in an atmosphere that allows students to take intellectual risks. We support and develop policies and practices that encourage and respond to the diverse expressions of gifts and talents in children and youth from all cultures, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic groups.
Goals Greenwood Gifted Program EGGSTRA
I. To provide an enrichment program of purposeful activities designed for the development of the process skills necessary to bring about meta-cognition and lifelong learning.
II. To provide career exploration opportunities appropriate for gifted children through interdisciplinary connections.
III. To provide activities and counseling that will support the social and emotional needs of gifted students in both self directed learning or group situations.