Decatur City Schools provides a comprehensive array of services
to meet the needs of students, ages three through twenty-one, who
have been identified as disabled. Decatur City Schools currently
employs 85 full-time special education teachers. Additionally,
numerous paraprofessionals are employed in each of our
18 schools. Intense programming options for low incidence populations
are available at centralized locations. Currently these locations
include Somerville Road Elementary School, Woodmeade Elementary
School, Cedar Ridge Middle School, Decatur High School, and Decatur
High Developmental School.
At the Special Service Center, three full-time psychometrists
are employed to conduct evaluations on students referred for services.
Additionally, three doctoral level psychologists and one masters
level psychologist are employed to provide counseling and intervention
services. Also housed at Special Services are the system's eight
Speech pathologists, an assistive technology specialist, a transition
coordinator, a job coach, a music therapist, and two homebound
Services provided to any given child are based upon that child's
individual needs. Our mandate is to assure that each child receives
a free, appropriate, public education. Special education services
are designed to provide the supports necessary to allow a child
to derive meaningful benefit from his or her educational experience.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Bill Gilchrist at
Gifted and Talented
At the elementary level (grades K-5) gifted and talented services
are provided as part of the Magnet School program. Students who
have been appropriately identified as gifted may choose to transfer
into the Magnet Schools from any other elementary school within
The Magnet School program is housed in two buildings. Students
in grades 1 and 2 attend Benjamin Davis Elementary School. Students
in grades 3–5 attend Leon Sheffield Elementary School. Bus transportation
is provided daily from each home school to and from the Magnet
For additional information about the Magnet School program, please
contact Mr. David Kross, principal, Benjamin Davis Elementary
School, at (256) 552-3025, or Dr. Barbara Sittason, principal,
Leon Sheffield Elementary School, at (256) 552-3056.
Gifted services are available at each of our three middle schools
(grades 6–8) and at each high school (grades 9–12). For additional
information, please contact Dr. Bill Gilchrist at (256) 552-4637.