Radford City Schools

Special Education

 Special Education and Related Services 

The Code of Virginia provides that all handicapped persons from ages two to twenty-one, inclusive residing in the Commonwealth of Virginia are identified, evaluated and have available a free and appropriate public education.
The special education process is often referred to as a maze and an ever changing system. If you have a child who may need Special Education services you will begin entering this maze and hopefully learn about the various steps to getting needed services. Before you get your child the services parts of this system may change. This system change is dictated by the needs of youth with disabilities and legal actions to improve the system in place. The major purpose of this web site is to keep the citizens of Radford City informed of the various processes in place and the many changes that take place at the federal, state and local levels that impact Special Education. Another goal is to provide information to parents of students with disabilities about the ever changing Standards of Learning Objectives and Tests. 
Parent Educator Resource Center 
Through understanding the special education process and regulation, your journey through this maze can be smooth and effective in meeting your child's needs.  To assist parents and school staff the Parent Educator Resource Center(PERC) is now open at McHarg Elementary School.  If you have any questions or need information regarding special education please feel free to contact the PERC at

(540) 731-3679 or email at: perc@rcps.org. You can visit the PERC on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Tuesdays 3:30 pm-5:00pm

Thursdays 3:30 pm-5:00pm

*additional hours are available by request


If you have any questions regarding the special education process or would like to make a referral to have your child evaluated you can contact the following staff where your child attends or will attend school:
Dr. Michael Brown      Principal   McHarg Elementary School                              540-267-3239
Tara Grant                  Principal   Belle Heth Elementary School                          540-267-3232
Ken Keister                 Assistant   Principal Belle Heth Elementary School          540-731-3653 
Jerry King                   Principal  John Dalton Intermediate School                       540-267-3247
Jeff Smith                   Principal   Radford High School                                         540-731-3649
Darden Freeman        Assistant   Principal Radford High School                          540-731-3649