Special Education


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) provides for a free appropriate public education for all individuals with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21.  In order to be responsive to the diverse educational needs of all its students, the Office of Student Services and Special Education services of Alliance City Schools provide a continuum of services to be considered in determining the appropriate educational services for each student.  The level of need of the student determines the services. 

Child Find

Each year school districts throughout Ohio participate in an effort to identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities, birth through 21. A disability means there are conditions such as a multi-handicap, hearing, visual, orthopedic, and/or other health handicap, severe behavior disorder and/or speech/language handicap. Many times children with disabilities are not visible because they do not function in the mainstream of a community. Parents are not always aware that there are programs and services available for these children. If you know of a child who may have one or more of the above suspected disabilities, including pre-school age children, please contact the Office of Student Services at 330-821-2100.

District Enrollment

Students that are new to Alliance City Schools are required to enroll with their parents or legal guardian at the designated school of attendance.  When enrolling, the parents will need to bring:

  • A legal birth certificate (not the hospital certificate)
  • Custody or court papers allocating parental rights and responsibilities (if appropriate)
  • Proof of residency
  • Proof of immunizations
  • Most current report card or transcript from previous school (if applicable) - Students enrolling from another accredited school must have an official transcript from the sending school in order to receive credit from that school.  The Secretary will assist in obtaining the transcript, if not presented at the time of enrollment.

Release of Student Directory Information 

Ohio  Revised  Code  3319.321  permits  school  districts  to  release  directory information  without the  permission  of  the  parent/guardian  as  long  as  it  is  not any  person   or  group  for  use  in  a profit  making  plan  or  activity.    Parents  have the  right  to  object,  in  writing,  to  the  release  of directory  information.    If parents/guardians  do   not  want  their  child’s  Directory  Information released  to groups  approved  by  the  Alliance  City  Schools,  they  should  notify  the  principal  in writing.  

RTI Process

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs.  The RTI Process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom.  The RTI Process is a comprehensive and integrated system of high-quality, research-based instruction, ongoing student assessment, tiered interventions and supports, and parent involvement.  To learn more visit www.rtinetwork.org

English Language Learners 
English Language Learners are students whose primary or home language is other than English who need special language assistance in order to effectively participate in school instructional programs.  If a student has a language other than English spoken in the home and has completed the Home Language Survey at enrollment, the student will be assessed for English Language Proficiency.  If the student qualifies, he/she is then an ELL (English Language Learner).  ELLs may be born in the USA or come from other countries.  To learn more visitwww.education.ohio.gov

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