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WHAT SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES ARE PROVIDED AT
ARDMORE CITY SCHOOLS?
 

Special education services range from early childhood special education services, where young children receive specific services (e.g. speech or language therapy) to an extended high school Transition Program for students ages 18-21, who due to their disabilities need some additional transition services. The district offers a wide range of service delivery options for consideration by IEP teams including regular education classes with accommodations, co-teaching, collaboration, resource room/supplementary services, direct instruction and self-contained special education classes.

Ardmore City Schools also provides a wide variety of related services that may be determined necessary by the IEP team in order for a student to benefit his/her special education program. Related services include:

  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS WHO ARE NEW TO ARDMORE CITY SCHOOLS?
 

When moving to a new school, it is important for all parents to consider the following points to ensure a smooth the transition for their child in special education:

  1. Please bring your child's current education records, to include all the special education records.
  2. At the very least you should bring a copy of your child's most current IEP. This is the Individual Education Program that is developed for every eligible special education student by his/her public school.Every eligible special education student has an IEP.
  3. Further records are helpful, but not necessary. These would include special education eligibility documentation; psycho-educational evaluations or psychological evaluations; current medical records, including information about prescribed medications; academic reports/report cards from previous school; records of previous placement (type of special education class in which your child has been receiving services); and attendance records.
 
WHAT IS ARDMORE CITY SCHOOLS SPECIAL SERVICES CENTER?
 

Education Services Center (ESC) is the "central office" for special education and Section 504 services in Ardmore City Schools. ESC is also the office that serves the districts Section 504 Students. The delivery of special education and related services for approximately 550 students with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is handled by this office. As required by IDEA, the district provides special education and related services to all eligible special education students ranging from three (3) through twenty-one (21) years of age. Ardmore City Schools is currently providing services to children with disabilities under the following federal and state categories:

  • Autism
  • Deaf / Blind
  • Deafness / Hearing Impairment
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Speech and/or Language Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment
WHAT DO I DO AND WHERE DO I GO WITH MY CHILD’S SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS?
 
Upon arrival in Ardmore, please call the Special Services Center, located in the Education Services Center, at 221-3044 for assistance. We will visit with you about your child's needs and current IEP.  If needed we will arrange for a time to bring your child’s special education records to our office, located at 800 M Street NE. Upon review of your child's records, recommendations and decisions will be made regarding the best placement and school for your child. Please call Special Services Center before enrolling in any Ardmore school, if your child has significant special needs. Students with speech only may enroll in their neighborhood schools and provide copies of special education records to their school.
 

IF MY CHILD IS NOT YET ELIGIBLE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES, HOW CAN I GET MY CHILD EVALUATED TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY FOR POSSIBLE SERVICES?

Ardmore City Schools continually conducts Child Find activities, required by special education law, throughout the school year to locate, identify and evaluate children with suspected disabilities.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SPECIAL EDUCATION PROCESS OR OTHER SERVICES FOR MY CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS?
 

The Oklahoma State Department of Education website has a wealth of information available for both parents and educators about many special education and related topics. One valuable resource to help parents understand the special education process is the partnering with your child's school. Additional resources and website links related to special education can be found at the Oklahoma State Department of Education website for Special Education Services.