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Special Education

Roanoke City Public Schools provides all students with a free and appropriate public education. Special education and related services are available to eligible students with disabilities, ages two through 21. Each student receives special education services designed to meet their individual needs. These programs are discussed and planned by school personnel, parents, and the student. RCPS is committed to equity and inclusivity, and instruction may often be carried out both in general and special education classrooms.

The Department of Special Education supports students and families as they navigate the steps of the special education process. This includes the referral, evaluation, and identification of students with disabilities, as well as the development of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP). If you have questions, need support, or think your child may have a disability, please contact your child’s school administrator to make a referral.  You may also contact the Department of Special Education at (540) 853-2468 for more information.

Special Education is led by:

Dr. Benjamin Lewis
Executive Director of Special Education
(540) 853.2468  |  
[email protected]

Terri Richardson

Administrative Support Worker
[email protected]

Special Education is part of the Student Services team, which is led by:

Hayley Poland
Assistant Superintendent of Equity & Student Services
(540) 853.1393  |  [email protected]

Student Services is part of the Academics team, which reports to:

Archie Freeman
Chief Academic Officer
(540) 853.6113  |  [email protected]

Students from Lucy Addison Middle School participate in the Special Olympics.
40 Douglass Avenue NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 Phone 540-853-2502