Special Education

The special education program in the Chilton County school system is committed to providing a full continuum of services for students with special needs.  Chilton County schools serve students ages 3-21.  Special education services for children with disabilities are provided in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Amendments of 2004 and Alabama Act 106.  Our department utilizes a team approach that involves all stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, support staff, and outside agencies in order to meet the ever-changing needs of our students as well as to enhance best practices in the classroom for all students. 

Students identified as eligible for special education services must meet federal and state eligibility requirements as having a disability in addition to demonstrating a need for specially designed instruction in order to access the general education curriculum.

Disabilities recognized by the State of Alabama include:

  • Autism (AUT)
  • Deaf-Blindness (DB)
  • Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Emotional Disability (ED)
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities (MD)
  • Orthopedic Impairment (OI)
  • Other Health Impairment (OHI)
  • Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
  • Speech or Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Visual Impairment (VI)


Help us locate children with disabilities!

The Chilton County Board of Education has Child Find procedures in place to ensure that all children within our jurisdiction, ages birth to twenty-one, are identified, located and evaluated, regardless of the severity of the disability.  Child Find procedures also apply to students who reside within our district who are enrolled in private schools, who are highly mobile, or who are suspected of having a disability even if they are progressing from grade to grade.  For more information, call the Chilton County Board of Education, Special Education Department at (205) 280-2907. 

Special Education


Special Education Staff:


Michelle Coppedge, Director

Denise Ballew, Supervisor

Robin Wilson, Psychometrist

Leah Darty, Psychometrist

Gifted and Talented


The State of Alabama defines intellectually gifted children and youth as those who perform or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to other students of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Children and youth possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. Students are identified as gifted in a multitude of areas using multiple criteria. We recognize that talents and gifts may manifest in multiple disciplines. Talent areas are best nurtured through facilitating students actively acquiring knowledge and skills in processing information. Deep and complex understanding of the disciplines, social and emotional stability, and critical thinking allow students to become independent, lifelong learners. Gifted and general education teacher collaboration differentiates instruction, continuing the gifted students’ engagement in learning.

Gifted and Talented Teachers:  Nicole Hoffman, Stacey Pierce, and Tammy Price

Gifted and Talented

Special Olympics


2024 date coming soon!