Exceptional Education
Special Education. Talented and Gifted. Early Intervention

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The Choctaw Tribal Schools Exceptional Education Program participates in an ongoing effort to identify, locate, and evaluate children from birth to age twenty-one, who may be developmentally, physically, emotionally, communicatively, mentally, or academically disabled, as well as school age children who may be talented and gifted. The Exceptional Education Program works to provide education and to meet the individual needs of all children determined in need of exceptional education services in hopes of helping each and every exceptional child to reach his/her potential.

Services provided through the Exceptional Education department include:

  • Classroom Instructional and Tutoring
  • Dyslexia Therapy
  • Early Intervention
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Talented and Gifted Services

Information gathered during the assessment process is used to determine the student's educational needs and to guide decision making about his or her eligibility for special education services. It helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students meeting eligibility requirements in the following disability areas:

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Hearing Impairment (including deafness)
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectually Impaired
  • Learning Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health-Impairment
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Visual Impairment (including blindness)

Each of these areas has a specific definition and criteria that the student must meet in order to be classified as having that disability. Eligibility for special education and related services is determined by documenting the existence of one or more of the disabilities listed above, its adverse effect on educational performance, and the consequent need for special education services. When a decision is made through the evaluation process that a student has a disability and requires special education services, the next steps are to review the student's present levels of performance, establish the goals for the student, and design a set of services calculated to meet those goals. It is assumed that the goals for each student will address the disability-related educational needs that impact the student's involvement and progress in the general education curriculum as well as the other educational needs (e.g. need for a set of alternative curricular expectations) that result from the student's disability. Regardless of the setting in which the student receives services, the Individual Education Plan (IEP) development process must document the ways in which the services identified will accomplish a number of objectives.

The Choctaw Tribal Schools and the Exceptional Education Program are dedicated to excellence in education services. Persons knowing of a disabled child who is not receiving an appropriate education or know of other children who might be in need of special education services should contact the Child Find Coordinator, at the following address:

122 Division of Schools Drive
Choctaw, MS 39350
P: (601) 663-7643
F: (601) 664-7571