Department of Exceptional StudentsForsyth County School System special education programs are founded upon the belief that all children are capable of learning and being successful in school experiences which are designed to develop academic, social, emotional, behavioral, and independence skills for active participation in their community. The district offers a variety of services and resources for parents. Click HERE for the district web page.
Tips for Parents
Parent Portal in Infinite Campus is a web-based application and allows you access to pertinent information about your child’s performance, attendance, health records. Information is available at Parent Portal Instructions.
ItsLearning is our Learning Management System and our teachers post copies of assignments, calendars and other info that will help you help your child keep organized. Find information about ItsLearning at itslearning FAQs for Parents.
Conferences can be scheduled through your child’s case manager.
Parent Workshops are offered through the county office.Parent Resource LinksEligibility Requirements
To receive Special Education services, students must meet Georgia eligibility requirements. Once a student is determined to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), an IEP or Individualized Education Plan is written and services begin.
Out of County:Parents or guardians should contact the DeSana Middle School Special Education Department Chair or the Forsyth County Special Education Department. Transfer students will need to provide a current IEP or sign a release of records so that current student information may be obtained. All records will be reviewed by Forsyth County personnel and an IEP committee to determine appropriate services.
In County:IEP’s from within the county transfer automatically to DMS.
General Education: Students with disabilities are served in the general education classroom with no special education personnel support.
Consultation: Students with disabilities receive one hour / month of service.
Supportive: Students with disabilities receive service from paraprofessionals in a general education class.
Co-taught: Students with disabilities receive service from certified teachers in a general education class.
Special Education Class: Students with disabilities meet in a small group with a special education teacher. Support is offered in 6th - 8th grade Math and Language Arts. There is also a Skills Based Autism (SBA) class at DMS.Department Contact InformationPatrick Coffield firstname.lastname@example.org Assistant Administrator, 504/SST CoordinatorJenifer Dipboye email@example.com 6th Grade IRR Math Teacher, Department ChairCheryl Williams firstname.lastname@example.org 6th Grade IRR ELA TeacherDianne Eidson email@example.com 6th Grade IRR TeacherDan Praskovich firstname.lastname@example.org 7th Grade IRR Math/Science TeacherKari Bailey email@example.com 7th Grade IRR ELA/Social Studies TeacherCarole Ekerberg firstname.lastname@example.org 7th Grade IRR TeacherDavid Dipboye email@example.com 8th Grade IRR Math/Science TeacherJordan Brown firstname.lastname@example.org 8th Grade IRR ELA/Social Studies TeacherAmanda Copeland email@example.com Skills Based Autism TeacherTonia McKinney firstname.lastname@example.org Skills Based Autism ParaprofessionalSara Duncan email@example.com Autism Class TeacherChristine Fields firstname.lastname@example.org Autism Class ParaprofessionalAntoinette Shell email@example.com Speech PathologistTracy Woxland firstname.lastname@example.org Inclusion ParaprofessionalRobyn Guy email@example.com Inclusion ParaprofessionalPhyllis Lindsey firstname.lastname@example.org Inclusion Paraprofessional