Special Education
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RLOA currently provides Special Education services to 30 students with disabilities under the Individual Disabilities Improvement Education Act of 2004 (IDIEA) based on the December 2012 count. The School provides a continuum of services in a variety of settings to utilize the premise of least restrictive environment (LRE).  Each child who is eligible for Special Education has his or her own unique set of educational needs, learning abilities, and interests. Special Education supports the student in the general education setting through the implementation of specially designed instruction, accommodations/modifications, materials and curriculum, as appropriate. Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are required by federal law for all students who meet criteria as a student with a disability. Written by a collaborative team that includes the student’s parents, general education teachers, special educators, and related service providers, an IEP documents the educational and related services a student requires to reach specified short-term and long-term goals.


 All students with IEPs are entitled free appropriate public education (FAPE) access to an education that will best prepare them to attain post secondary outcomes. IEPs are designed to address a student’s strengths and weaknesses and consequently specific skills necessary to make the student successful.


 IEPs serve three key purposes:


1.     Involvement and progress of each child with a disability in the general curriculum as well as addressing unique needs tied to the student’s disability.


2.     Involvement of parents, students, special educators and general educators in meeting the individualized educational needs of students with disabilities.


3.     The critical need to prepare students with disabilities for independence, employment, and other post-school activities.


 In order for a student to qualify for Special Education services, a student must both meet eligibility as a student with a disability and the disability must adversely affect the student’s educational performance.  A student may meet criteria in one of thirteen areas:


Specific Learning Disabilities


Speech- Language Impairment


Developmental Delay


Intellectual Disabilities


Emotional Disabilities


Visual Impairment




Orthopedic Impairment


Other Health Impairment


Traumatic Brain Injury




Multiple Disabilities


Deaf and Hard of Hearing




RLOA prides itself in the collaborative team approach on behalf of all students. 


If you have questions or concerns, please contact Joyce Gerald Assistant Director of the Academy/Special Education Coordinator at 843-784-2630.

Special Education Programs: From the Charter School District's website

The South Carolina Public Charter School District serves students with various classifications of disability. Students are placed in the least restrictive setting according to the Individualized Education Plan (IEP)directives. Program models include itinerant services, collaborative settings, resource classes, and self-contained classes. Click here for a Parent's Guide to Special Education as well as The IDEA Part B Procedural Safeguards.



The federal law, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grants all children from ages 3 to 21, whose disabilities require specialized services, the right to a free, public, appropriate education. The disabilities recognized under IDEA include speech or language, hearing, visual, orthopedic and other health impairments, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional disturbance, autism and traumatic brain injury. All students served under IDEA have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the right to be educated in the least restrictive environment. IDEA is governed by the Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, D.C.

School Child Find

  • For more information contact: Robert Compton, Director of Special Services at 3710 Landmark, Suite 201, Columbia, SC 29204, 803/734-8067.

Section 504 Information and Procedural Safeguards

Students with disabilities who are served in both special and regular education are addressed by Section 504 of The Vocational Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1973. The provision reads "No otherwise qualified individual with handicaps int United States shall, solely by reason of his or her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal finance assistance." Students in regular education who are eligible under Section 504 have a written Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP). This law is governed by the Office of Civil Rights.

Please take a moment to read South Carolina Public Charter School District Section 504 Education Policy Statement of Non-discrimination on the basis of disability. For questions pertaining to the South Carolina Public Charter School District's 504 and Title II of the ADA, please see the Student Grievance Procedure

The South Carolina Public Charter School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, religion, immigrant status, or national origin in its educational programs and employment practices.

  • Questions pertaining to Section 504 and Title IX you may direct them to Robert Compton, Director of Special Services at 3710 Landmark, Suite 201, Columbia, SC 29204, 803-734-8067.
  • If you have any questions about special education services at RLOACS please contact:
  • 843-784-2630 (phone)
  • karen.wicks@rloacs.org

The Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts & Sciences Charter School is authorized by the South Carolina Department of Education through the South Carolina Public Charter School District (SCPCSD). Royal Live Oaks Academy of Arts and Sciences Public Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, age, religion, immigrant status, or national origin in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and Other designated youth groups. For questions pertaining to:
1. Precious Barr - Director for Guidance & Careers, 843-784-2630
2. Kattia Chaves-Herrera - Director for Title I, III (ESOL), and VI, 843-784-2630
3. Dana Anderson- Operations & Personnel Manager, 843-784-2630
4. Shalonda Toomer - SPED Coordinator, 843-784-2630
5. Amy Kaufman - Elementary Director & RtI Coordinator, *843-784-2630
6. Terri James-Moss - Director for Middle-High & Curriculum, *843-784-2630*
7. Mary Morse - Registrar & PowerSchool Administrator, 843-784-2630
8. Dr. Karen Wicks - Executive Director/Principal 843-784-2630
9. Brian Morse, Chief Academic Officer, 843-784-2630
10. All of the above persons may be reached by mail at the following address: PO Box 528, Hardeeville, SC 29927
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