Special Education

Special Education provides all programming and support for students eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA). Special Education services are provided in the least restrictive environment for students (ages 3-22) through a continuum of options. Teachers and administrators work collaboratively to develop individualized educational programs that provide support ensuring students can successfully access the academic, social, and emotional opportunities available at school.

purpose of idea

To ensure that all children with disabilities ages 3 through 21 have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. IDEA Regulations 300.1 (a) 


The special services staff of Kingsport City Schools shall:

  1. Identify students with a need for specialized programming and support creating opportunities to reach each child’s potential by setting high expectations.
  2. Provide activities and an atmosphere conducive to the development and improvement of social and emotional well-being.
  3. Encourage, educate, and support all stakeholders to be actively involved in the educational process.
  4. Promote collaborative practices across educational settings for all KCS staff, community partners, and families to ensure continuity of programs and services.
  5. Provide curricular programs and activities that provide continuity and help students prepare for successful transitions within and from the school environment.

KCS special education staff resources

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Kingsport City Schools Specialized Programming & Support Department
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200
Kingsport, TN 37660
Ph: (423) 378.2100
Fax: (423) 378.2120