About Our Department
Hamilton City School District believes that all learners can and will learn. These learners both acquire knowledge and apply it in different ways. Membership in the community of learners is not earned, but assumed and unconditional for ALL learners. The uniqueness of each learner is valued and supported. The responsibility for educating learners is shared by all of us, including the community. All participants in the learner’s education are valued equally. Their collaboration is critical to success of each learner. Diverse environments and instructional strategies provided by a collaborative team can improve and expand learning.
Special Education in the Hamilton City School District is viewed as a service, not a place. We offer a full continuum of services which provides each student with the special education and related services that will allow each child with a disability to benefit. The label of exceptionality does not determine the service delivery or the placement. The individual student’s needs, as expressed on the Individual Education Plan (IEP), will determine the service delivery in the Least Restrictive Environment.
The Hamilton City School District provides the following services to students with disabilities: psychological services, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, orientation and mobility services, audiological support, educational assistants, work/study, and transition services. We provide services to students with the following disabilities:
- Deaf/Hearing Impaired
- Cognitive Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impaired
- Preschool Program for children with disabilities ages 3-5
- Serious Emotional Disturbance
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech or Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visually Impaired
The Hamilton City School District also provides assistance to students who qualify for a 504 Accommodation Plan. Section 504 is a federal statute that prohibits discrimination against “otherwise qualified handicapped individuals” in any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. If a student is found not to be eligible under IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act), the requirements of Section 504 may be applicable if he or she meets the Section 504 of the disability, which is any person who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits a major life activity.
For more information, please call 887-5000.
The Hamilton City School District offers both morning and afternoon preschool classes at four schools:
- Ridgeway Elementary Schools.
For more information, please call 887-5024.