Special Education

“Each One – Reach One”

 The special education department of Suffolk Public Schools believes that every student has a right to free and appropriate education. In keeping with that philosophy, a full range of services has been developed in Special Education serving children with disabilities, age 2 to 21 years of age.


Special Education Advisory Committee

The Special Education Advisory Committee is appointed by the School Board to advise the Board through the division Superintendent. The members of SEAC include parents of students with disabilities, persons with disabilities, and community agencies that assist students with disabilities.


Parent Resource Center

The special education process can be confusing. Suffolk Public Schools provides a Parent Resource Center to help, which sponsors workshops and offers video and printed resources.

Sign Language Classes will continue to be offered in 2015-16 on Sept. 21, Oct. 19, Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, Mar. 21, Apr. 18, May 16 and June 13, beginning at 5:45 p.m. at King’s Fork Middle School.

Hot Topics – Info for Parents, Staff & Community

Hot Topics is a summary of published articles from the school psychologists on a variity of subjects related to special education.


Disability Awareness Outreach & People First Language

Words matter! Don’t use hurtful words to describe people with disabilities. Promise to put the person first, not the disability.


Early Childhood Resource Center

The Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRC) are the newest service to assist preschool students in Suffolk.  These centers offer free screenings for developmental delays in vision, hearing, speech, language, motor skills, cognitive skills, and social interactions for children ages birth through four.

SECEP (Southeastern Cooperative Educational Programs)

SECEP functions as a regional public school serving the Hampton Roads Cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton, Suffolk and Virginia Beach. SECEP is present in more than 85 schools, working in more than 210 classrooms in the Hampton Roads area. It serves more than 1,500 special education and alternative education students.

Suffolk Autism Cadre

The Suffolk Autism Cadre (SAC) is committed to providing assistance to parents and staff with children who are on or who are suspected to be on the autism spectrum.

Transition Services

Suffolk Public School works hard to ensure that students with special needs are prepared for a productive and independent life after high school. This process involved extensive planning and coordination starting very early in the student’s career and education transition plan.