Special Education

Gahanna-Jefferson Schools provides a continuum of services for students ages 3 through 21 identified as disabled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Gahanna-Jefferson Special Education department oversees a wide-range of additional support services based on the student's need.

department staff

Sue Wieging
Director of Special Education

Corinne Fields
Coordinator, Special Education

Melissa Smith
Coordinator, Special Education (​Preschool)

contact information

Sarah Barnard
Department Secretary

Phone: (614) 337-3777 | Fax: (614) 478-5568

Continuum of Services Age 3-21

Additional services include preschool for children 3-5 years-old, as well as a range of services for students in grades kindergarten through twelfth with learning disabilities. These disabilities include, but are not limited to: physical, developmental, behavioral and multiple handicaps. Gahanna-Jefferson also provides itinerant education services.

Intervention assistance teams in each school assist programming teams and parents in providing assessment, evaluation, and interventions to address each student's needs to be successful in the general education classroom environment.

Each students’ needs are supported to the greatest extent possible in the general education classroom with specialized instruction and programming through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), within a wide variety of settings. Students with more intensive needs or specialized needs may be placed in alternative programming within the community. All special education services are provided in accordance with the Model Policies and Procedures for the Education of Children with Disabilities as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education.

Child Find Campaign: An Education for All

As required by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA), the Gahanna-Jefferson Special Education Office conducts an ongoing Child Find campaign to identify, locate, and evaluate all children with disabilities - from birth through age 21 - residing within the school district. The campaign also seeks to include those who may be homeless, wards of the state, or attending nonpublic schools.

  • If you suspect your child may have a disability, GJPS Special Education personnel will collaborate with you - or the child's parent(s) or guardian, regarding assistance. The referral and all additional information provided is solely used to determine the appropriate intervention procedures to follow. Interventions addressing areas of concern will be implemented and monitored by the parents and the school team. Supplemental evaluations are also conducted when additional information is necessary to determine eligibility for special education services.
  • If you know of a child with a disability, or have a child suspected of having a disability, who is not currently receiving appropriate educational or related services, please contact the GJPS Office of Special Education at 614-337-3777.

The referral and any additional information provided is used solely to determine the appropriate intervention level as well as closely monitored by the parents and the school team. Supplemental evaluations may also be conducted if additional information is necessary to determine further eligibility for special-education services.

Additional Special Education Resources