Program Services

Special Education Services

Welcome to the Program Services webpage! The Program Services office encompasses both special education and gifted education. Crestview Local Schools provides gifted services to students in grades K-12; if your child is identified as a gifted student, or you believe that your child is academically or cognitively gifted, the information below will be helpful. Also, if you have a child with special education needs, or you suspect your child has special education needs, the information below will be beneficial. Feel free to contact Amy Eickholt at 419-749-9100, extension 1026, if you have any questions or need additional information regarding special or gifted education.

Special Education Services
The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) is a federal law that requires students with disabilities ages preschool through school age to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). Crestview Local Schools provides a continuum of services to meet the needs of learners with special needs in their least restrictive environment.

For more information on the Policies and Procedures related to special education, please visit the following site:

Child Find
The Crestview Local School’s adopted Child Find Policy requires that all children below twenty-two (22) years of age residing within the district, who have a disability (regardless of the severity of the disability), and who are in need of special education and related services are identified, located, and evaluated in accordance with all federal regulations and state standards.

ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES: Children must meet two criteria in order to receive special education:

1. The child must meet Ohio’s qualifications for one or more of the 13 disabilities listed in the IDEA:

Autism, Deaf-Blindness, Deafness, Emotional Disturbance, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Specific Learning Disability, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment

2. The student's disability must have an adverse effect on his/her academic performance to such a degree that special education and related services must be considered in order for the student to be successful in school.

*Not all children who have a disability require special education and related services. Many are able to participate in their classrooms with few or minor program modifications.

*It is important to note that RTI, within a three-tier intervention model, is also a part of special education eligibility decision-making as required by 34 CFR 300.309.

If you are aware of a child who you think may have a disability, please contact Amy Eickholt, Program Services Director at 419-749-9100 ext. 1026.

Each time a student with a disability is evaluated or the district develops, reviews, or revises the child’s IEP, the district will notify the parent, by letter or electronic means, about both the Autism Scholarship program and the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship (JPS). If you wish to inquire about these programs, visit the links to the right.

Gifted Education Services
How is gifted defined?
The federal definition defines gifted students as students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkable levels of accomplishments when compared to others of their age, experience or environment, and who are identified under section 3324.03 of the Ohio Revised Code.
How are children identified as gifted?
Crestview Local Schools identifies gifted students in grades K-12 in one or more of the following areas:
• Superior Cognitive Ability
• Specific Academic Ability
• Creative Thinking Ability
• Visual or Performing Arts Ability
Crestview Local Schools uses assessment instruments that are selected by the Ohio Department of Education to identify gifted students.

If you believe that your child is gifted, you may:
• Call your child’s school teacher or principal
• Complete the required paperwork to ask that your child be evaluated
• Request a copy of the District Policy on Gifted Education

Gifted learners are given stimulating educational experiences appropriate to their level of ability to assist them in recognizing their potential.

Gifted services provide an opportunity for academically talented students to reach their fullest potential.

Click the link to the right for Crestview’s gifted education policy and additional information for gifted students.

Gifted Scholarships:

Link to Crestview Gifted Policy:

The State of Ohio, the Governor, the Ohio Department of Education, and other state-level defendants to a class action lawsuit have reached a proposed settlement and have requested our District's assistance in informing students and parents of the proposed settlement. A link to the settlement is below. To be clear, our District is not a defendant in this lawsuit and is not accused of any wrongdoing in this lawsuit. We are sharing this information as a courtesy to the Ohio Department of Education and our community:

Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement

Crestview Gifted Policy

Ohio Department of Education website with links and documents that provide more information on autism identification, treatment and support.

Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program
The Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students who are eligible to attend kindergarten through 12th grade and have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) from their district of residence. The amount of each scholar