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Special Education

Our Special Education Program, part of the Student Services Department, is an integral part of our K-12 academic program. Approximately 17% of Upper Arlington Schools students have been identified with a disability. We are committed to providing each and every student with special needs the specially designed services and instruction to prepare them for their futures. The district provides students with disabilities a free and appropriate education and follows state and federal guidelines for students with disabilities.

A special education coordinator is assigned to each school and is available to respond to any questions or concerns regarding a child’s educational placement.

Students With Disabilities

The federal government, through legislation entitled Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states that a child with a disability means a school-age child who has been evaluated and determined to have one of the following disabilities that adversely affects the child's educational performance and who therefore needs special education and related services.

Students eligible for special education services may be eligible under the following disability categories:

  • Autism

  • Deafness and blindness

  • Emotional disturbance

  • Hearing impairment (including deafness)

  • Intellectual disability

  • Multiple disabilities

  • Orthopedic impairment

  • Other health impairment (minor or major)

  • Preschooler with a developmental delay (ages 3-5 only)

  • Specific learning disability

  • Speech or language impairment

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Visual impairment (including blindness)

The law also requires Upper Arlington Schools to provide services to preschool age students (ages three to five) with disabilities living within the Upper Arlington school district if they are at least three years of age and not age six, have a disability demonstrated by a documented deficit in one or more areas of development, which has an adverse effect upon normal development and functioning. Please contact Burbank Early Childhood School at 614-487-5155 if you have questions about special education services for preschool age students.

Contact Us

Upper Arlington Schools
Student Services Office
1619 Zollinger Road
Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Phone: 614-487-5197


Jaclyn Angle, Ed.D.
Chief Student Services Officer

Andrew Gillespie
Assistant Director of Student Services

David Boso
Student Services Coordinator

Steve Colahan
Student Services Coordinator

Andrea Fabbro
Student Services Coordinator

Melea Wachtman
Executive Assistant

Kelly Merullo
Program Secretary