Department Overview

  • "Obtaining Success in the Least Restrictive Environment"

    Vision: Through collaborative partnerships with parents, educators, and the community, the Office of Exceptional Education supports the implementation of a rigorous curriculum for a diverse student body such that all students are positive contributors in a global society.

    Mission: Through professional development, training, and technical assistance, the Office of Exceptional Education strives to provide a continuum of services to ensure all students have a quality education that meets their unique needs; and prepares them to be productive, contributing members of a global society. The Office of Exceptional Education endeavors to:

    • Promote partnerships
    • Provide guidance and feedback
    • Foster family outreach efforts

    Richmond Public Schools offers the full range of special education and related services for our students with disabilities. The IEP team decides the goals to be addressed and the accommodations and services to be provided. As a result of IEP team decisions, many of our students spend all or part of the day in general education with supports as defined by their IEP. Students with more intensive support needs may receive instruction for part of the day in a special education setting. Related services, such as speech and occupational therapy, are provided in a variety of environments, including special education classrooms and general education classrooms.

    If there is no answer when calling the main office number please call the Alternate Phone at (804) 664-7368.


Contact Information

  • Contact Information:

    Renesha Parks

    Renesha Parks, Director of Exceptional Education


    Phone: 804.239.4691

    Dr. Rossi Volley, Associate Director of Exceptional Education 


    Phone: 804.551.2273

    Tikisha White, Coordinator of Systems & Processes


    Phone: 804-551-2003

    Dr. Sharon Woodson, Academic Coordinator


    Phone: (804) 664-4690


    Exceptional Education & Student Services
    301 North Ninth Street
    13th Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219-1927
    Phone: (804)780-7911

    Alternate Phone: (804) 664-7368
    Fax: (804)780-6869