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Exceptional Education

Ms. Renee Smith

Exceptional Education Department Head

Dr. Katherine Howard

Instructional Compliance Coordinator

Karen Young

Transition Mentor Teacher


Vision: Through collaborative partnerships with parents, educators, and the community, the Office of Exceptional Education supports the implementation of a rigorous curriculum for a diverse student body such that all students are positive contributors in a global society.

Mission: Through professional development, training, and technical assistance, the Office of Exceptional Education strives to provide a continuum of services to ensure all students have a quality education that meets their unique needs; and prepares them to be productive, contributing members of a global society. The Office of Exceptional Education endeavors to:

  • Promote partnerships
  • Provide guidance and feedback
  • Foster family outreach efforts

Richmond Public Schools offers the full range of special education and related services for our students with disabilities. The IEP team decides the goals to be addressed and the accommodations and services to be provided. As a result of IEP team decisions, many of our students spend all or part of the day in general education with supports as defined by their IEP. Students with more intensive support needs may receive instruction for part of the day in a special education setting. Related services, such as speech and occupational therapy, are provided in a variety of environments, including special education classrooms and general education classrooms.