• Student Support Services

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    Child Find

    Child Find is a statewide effort by the Alabama State Department of Education and the Department of Rehabilitation Services to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities from birth to age 21. The Lauderdale County Special Education Department is committed to locating, identifying, and evaluating children with developmental delays, ages 0-21, for determining eligibility for early intervention services and specialized instruction.

    Child Find helps the child, the family, and the provider to plan appropriate services and link families to services for students meeting eligibility requirements in a variety of disability areas.

    For more information about Child Find, contact the Special Education department at the Lauderdale County Board of Education at 256-760-1300.


    Gifted Education

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    State Guidelines

    Lauderdale County Schools complies with the Alabama Act 106 that mandates school systems identify and serve gifted students. Lauderdale County Schools follow the guidelines outlined in the Alabama State Department of Education, Administrative Code-Chapter 290-8-9-12, Gifted Section for Referral, Consent, Evaluation, Eligibility Determination, Placement/Service Delivery Options, Gifted Education Plan, Administration, Caseload, and Procedural Safeguards.

    Definition of Gifted

    Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor.

    Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individuals with knowledge of the student's abilities may make referrals for student services. Additionally, all second-grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.

    For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.

    To make a referral, contact the Gifted Specialist at your child's school.

    • Allison Hall -- Brooks Elementary School
    • Alyssa Mims -- Rogers High School and Lexington High School 
    • Amanda Lee - Central High School, Waterloo High School, and Wilson High School
    • Vicki Faulkner - Lauderdale County High School and Underwood Elementary School


    If you have any questions, please contact Brooke Gilmer at the Lauderdale County Board of Education (brooke.gilmer@lcschools.org) at 256-760-1300, or contact the Gifted Specialist at your child's school.

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