Students with Disabilities

At Metro Nashville Public Schools, we believe that every student has the ability to succeed. We believe that inclusive education is the norm and ensures a high-quality education for every student. By setting rigorous standards and  providing effective instruction, intervention and necessary supports for success, we provide an array of services and resources to students and families. In collaboration with educators and families we foster high expectations and provide services to meet the academic, as well as the social, behavioral, adaptive, and physical needs of the whole child. 

In accordance with Tennessee State Law and Child Find, our schools strive to provide every student with exactly the kind of learning environment they need. However, our capabilities don’t end with our students. Metro Nashville Public Schools also works with the families of its students. The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate those who need special education and related services. 

MNPS Partners With Parents

Raising a child that has special needs is a huge undertaking. Whether your child has autism, visual impairment, deafness, developmental delay, intellectual disabilities, physical impairments, emotional disturbance, speech impairment, or a traumatic brain injury, we have a strong team of specialists standing by to help! Our programs are inclusive and take a holistic approach to special needs education.

All children grow and develop at different rates. If you suspect that your child has a disability, you can come to us for guidance. You can schedule a meeting to discuss your child’s needs by calling our office at 615-687-4551 ext 665698. From there, here’s the process:

Step 1: Referral
Step 2: Gathering Information
Step 3: Assessment Plan
Step 4: Evaluations & Reports
Step 5: Eligibility Determined


Our Programs For Students With Disabilities

Metro Schools is devoted to making sure that every student receives the help that they need. For this reason, each student has an Individual Education Program (IEP) that addresses their needs. A student’s IEP is an instructional tool for all of our team members that interact with them. We ensure that every student has an instructionally appropriate IEP. 

It is essential that we work with our community to ensure we are all advocating for students with disabilities. In order to do that we have developed the Exceptional Education Family Council (EEFAC). EEFAC is a group of parents of children who
receive special education services in Metro Schools. Any parent of a child who receives these services is eligible to be a member of EEFAC.

EEFAC meets in September, November, January, March and May during the school year. EEFAC offers presentations on a variety of topics of interest to parents.

Transition improves post-secondary opportunities by planning effectively for students beginning at an early age. The Tennessee Department of Education requires that educators implement a formal transition plan for students with disabilities at age 14. Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) provides a variety of transition services to students with disabilities.

Successful transition planning benefits from collaboration among all stakeholders, including the student, family, potential employers, community members, service providers, and the school system. By providing students with special education services from age 3 to 21 years old, MNPS is an important part of this process.


Additional Resources:

The state of Tennessee recognizes all of the disabilities as outlined by the rules and regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. In addition, Tennessee has identified students who meet the criteria of intellectual giftedness and functional delay as exceptional areas. 

If you have any further questions or concerns, we encourage you to look through the following list of supplemental resources. If you do not find what you’re looking for, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

If you are a representative from another school district and you are seeking a student’s records, please contact the student’s previous school in MNPS. Student records are kept at the last school of attendance or the MNPS Records Center.