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Special Education Department

The annual Cheatham County Special Olympics are very inspiring.
The Cheatham County School District believes that every student has the ability to succeed.

The Special Education Department is committed to ensuring that all students with disabilities in Cheatham County are afforded every opportunity to be included with their non-disabled peers.

For this reason, each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) that addresses their needs. A continuum of services is available to all students based on their IEP.

These needs are carefully considered and are the result of a team of professionals, the student’s parents and the student when age appropriate.

The district provides a comprehensive list of services to help students meet academic, social, behavioral, physical and adaptive needs.

Contact Us

102 Elizabeth Street, Ashland City, TN

615-746-1420 (phone); 615-746-1423 (fax)

Surrogate Parent Training

The Cheatham County Board of Education is offering Surrogate Parent training for adults interested in becoming a surrogate parent for a special-needs student.

A meeting is planned for 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. It will be at Harpeth Middle School.

If you are interested or have questions about this training, please contact the Special Education office at 615-746-1420.

Please RSVP to 615-746-1420 by Sept. 24, 2018, if you would like to attend.

Useful Links for Teachers

TDOE Special Education Framework Manual

TDOE Special Education Implementation Guide


Child Find Notification

The Cheatham County School System provides special education and related services and special accommodations to children who are disabled.


Under state and federal laws, public schools are required to provide a free and appropriate public education to all children who are disabled between the ages of three and twenty-two, and may not, on the basis of disability, discriminate against these children.


The Tennessee State Department of Education recognizes “Intellectually Gifted” as a category under special education. A child whose intellectual capabilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding that the child’s educational performance is adversely affected may qualify for services. Eligibility for services is based upon evaluation in each of the following component areas: educational performance, creativity/characteristics of intellectual giftedness, and cognition/intelligence.


Anyone, including the parent(s), guardian or community professional may refer a child for possible evaluation in any of the disability categories. Contact the S-Team Coordinator in the building the child attends for more information.


Dr. Cathy Beck, Director of Schools, Cheatham County Schools