Department Overview

  • "Obtaining Success in the Least Restrictive Environment"


    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. exed


    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

     Family Engagement in Education

    No matter how little or how much time you have, you can still have a positive impact on your child's education at school and at home. November has been recognized as "Family Engagement Month." We have some resources that we hope will help you become more active in you child's education. 

    The Family-School Partnership Resources is compiled by the Virginia Department of Education's Family Engagement Network (FEN). You will find links to many resources available to parents. Family-School Partnership Resources

    The flyer from the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) provides hints and tips on how to become involved at school.


    Virginia Department of Education Special Education Parent Survey

    Each school year the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is required to report the the U.S. Department of Education the "percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities." Your participation in this survey will help VDOE collect additional information to identify training needs related to the special education processes. Families who have more than one child receiving special education services should complete a survey as it applies to each of their children with special needs.  You may click the following link to access the survey.

    English Version

    Spanish Version

    If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of this survey they will be available at schools by October 1, 2018.




Contact Information

  • Exceptional Education & Student Services
    301 North Ninth Street
    13th Floor
    Richmond, VA 23219-1927
    Phone: (804)780-7911
    Fax: (804)780-6869 or (804)780-5517