Preschool Intake
To identify children from two to five years of age who may be in need of special education and related services. A “Developmental Delay” means a significant delay in one or more of the following areas of development for a child below the age of eight:

  • Cognitive ability
  • Motor skills
  • Social/adaptive behavior
  • Perceptual skills
  • Communication skills

Referrals may be received from parents, Chesapeake Public Schools employees, and community agencies.

Reverse Mainstreaming
Definition Reverse Mainstreaming provides an opportunity for non-disabled children to participate in preschool classes that serve children with developmental delays.


Builds self-esteem
Develops acceptance of others
Allows all children the opportunity to learn and play together
Provides age-appropriate peer models
Provides age-appropriate activities
Contact your neighborhood school, the Parent Resource Center (482-5923), or the Special Education Office (494-7600) for more details.


Transition Services

The goal of transition planning is to prepare students for life after high school. All students 14-21 years old who are receiving special education services in all educational settings must have a Transition IEP.

The Transition IEP is developed by the IEP team. The student must be invited to Transition IEP meetings and be included as a participating member.

Transition planning involves:

Considering the students preferences, interests, strengths, and needs.
Determining the students desired post-school outcomes.
Determining the students course of study.
Focusing on the big picture life beyond high school.
Preparing students and parents for Transfer of Rights/Age of Majority.

The IEP team will address four areas in the Transition IEP and their potential outcomes. These include the areas of postsecondary employment, postsecondary training, postsecondary education, and independent living.

Examples of Transition Services:

Transition Assessments
Educational Planning/Course Selection
Community Based Instruction
Work Experience
Supported Employment
Self-Determination Training
Linkages to Adult Agencies and Community Services
Related Services

Chesapeake Public Schools Office of Special Education has three full-time transition specialists. For more information about transition services, contact a transition specialist at the designated home school.

Sharon Willis – 757-465-5246
Center for Science and Technology
Chesapeake Alternative
Crestwood Middle
Hugo Owens Middle
Jolliff Middle
Western Branch High
Western Branch Middle

Regina Stowe – 757-494-7590
Grassfield High
Greenbrier Middle
Indian River High
Indian River Middle
Oscar Smith High
Oscar Smith Middle School

Frankie Nichols – 757-558-5382
Deep Creek High
Deep Creek Middle
Great Bridge High
Great Bridge Middle
Hickory High
Hickory Middle
SECEP – Chesapeake Center