Exceptional Learners

We understand that learning styles and abilities are as diverse as the 4300 children we serve. Our special education, ELL, and high ability programs target the specific needs these exceptional learners require.

Special Education

Jennings County special education programs provide students ages three to 22 with identified disabil­ities a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) that meets state stan­dards listed in Indiana's special education rules. We do not charge for these services.

Referrals
Eligibility
Section 504 & Americans with Disabilities Act
Special Education for Students in Private or Home Schools

SEA 217 Dyslexia Information

Both state and federal legislation emphasize early identification and intervention for students who may be at risk for reading difficulties.

In accordance with Indiana Senate Enrolled Act No. 217, Jennings County School Corporation administers a universal screener to all students in kindergarten, first, and second grade, unless exempt, to determine students’ reading development and comprehension. We screen the students in six reading subset areas with the universal screener.

Universal screener is a diagnostic assessment used to aid educators in understanding the causes for student performance, learning strengths, and the needs that underlie student performance. We conduct the diagnostic assessment to identify or predict students who may be at risk for poor learning outcomes, and we spread it throughout the school year. The universal screener extends the work of JCSC to help children overcome reading challenges through improved literacy. 

Jennings County School Corporation will use the Barton Reading & Spelling System for students determined to be at risk for dyslexia. The Barton Reading & Spelling System is a structured literacy program that is Orton-Gillingham influenced. It is a multi-sensory, direct, explicit, structured, and sequential intense intervention program. It is research and evidence-based.

We are committed to your child’s academic success and are glad to have the opportunity to provide your child with this additional support. We welcome you to reach out to your child’s school if you need clarification or have any questions. 

The Indiana Department of Education's Dyslexia page contains the resources you need to learn more about Senate Enrolled Act 217, which mandates all Indiana students in grades K–2, unless exempt, receive screening in six reading subset areas with a universal screener.

Contact Info

Todd Ebinger, Director of Programs - Elementary
Amanda Sullivan, Director of Programs - Secondary
Debbie Sharp, Special Programs Secretary

Central Administration Office
34 Main St., North Vernon, IN 47265
Telephone (812) 346.4483 ext. 1