Special Education & Student Services

Our Mission

The mission of Virginia's public education system is to educate students in the fundamental knowledge and academic subjects that they need to become capable, responsible, and self-reliant citizens. Therefore, the mission of the Virginia Board of Education and the superintendent of public instruction, in cooperation with local school boards, is to increase student learning and academic achievement.


  • Assessments  - Educational
  • Disabilities - Physical / Intellectual
  • Education - Academic
  • Education - Special


The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) guarantees a free appropriate public education to all eligible children with disabilities. The steps in the special education process include: 

  • Identification and referral
  • Evaluation
  • Determination of eligibility
  • Development of an individualized education program (IEP)
  • Determination of services
  • Reevaluation


The services and placement of students with disabilities who need special education, are developed through an IEP, which is the responsibility of local public school divisions.

Other Details

  • Accepts Volunteers: No
  • Ages: School age through 18 years of age
  • Fees: No

More Information

For more information please contact:

Virginia Department of Education - Special Education and Student Services
101 N 14th Street
P. O. Box 2120
Richmond  VA  23218
Virginia Department of Education - Special Education and Student Services Website

Primary Contact: John Eisenberg
Email John Eisenberg
Secondary Contact: Samantha Hollins

John Eisenberg Phone: 804-786-8079
Samantha Hollins Phone: 804-639-8918

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Service Definitions

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