Special Education

Royal Live Oaks Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School currently provides Special Education services to 51 students with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, under the Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Education Act (IDIEA) based on the 2018 Child Count. RLOACS provides a continuum of Special Education and related services to our students with disabilities. Special Education means specially designed instruction (34 C.F.R. § 300.39(a)(1)), to address the unique needs of a child that result from the child’s disability to ensure the child has access to the general education curriculum in order to meet the educational standards that apply to all children (34 C.F.R. § 300.39(b)(3)(i) and (ii) by adapting the content, methodology or delivery of instruction. Special Education supports the student in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) through the implementation of specially designed instruction,
accommodations/modifications, materials and curriculum, as appropriate.
Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are required by federal law for all students who meet criteria as a student with a disability. Written by a collaborative team that includes the child’s parents, general education teachers, special educators, related service providers, and community agencies, as appropriate, an IEP documents the educational and related services a student requires to reach specified short- and long-term goals. All students with IEPs are entitled to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) that includes access to an education that will best prepare them to attain positive post-secondary outcomes, to include college and career readiness. In order for a student to qualify for Special Education services, a student must meet eligibility as a student with a disability and the child must have specific needs which are so unique that they require specially designed instruction to access the general education curriculum (34 C.F.R. § 300.8).  A student may meet criteria in one of thirteen areas:
-  Autism -  Multiple Disabilities
-  Deaf-blindness -  Orthopedic Impairment
-  Deaf and Hard of Hearing  -  Other Health Impairment     
-  Developmental Delay    -  Speech-Language Impairment 
-  Emotional Disabilities   -  Traumatic Brain Injury 
-  Intellectual Disabilities  -  Visual Impairment 
Royal Live Oaks Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School prides itself in its collaborative team approach on behalf of all students with disabilities.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher or Shalonda Toomer, Special Education Coordinator at (843) 784-2630. Ext.111 or e-mail her @ spedcoord@rloacs.org