Special Education

The Knox Educational Service Center provides special education for students ages 3 through 21.  Preschool special needs students are served through classroom and home instruction.  Special classroom instruction is provided to kindergarten through twelfth grade students who have been identified with emotional disabilities and for high school students with multiple disabilities.  In addition, the ESC’s Transition program provides work and classroom instruction to adult special needs students whose graduation has been delayed and are sharpening their skills for life outside of school.

The Knox Learning Center

Special needs students served by the programs of the Knox ESC are enrolled in classrooms at Mount Vernon High School, Mount Vernon Middle School, and at the Knox Learning Center.  The Knox Learning Center also includes classrooms for middle school and high school students in need of credit recovery.  Credit recovery students complete online courses under the supervision of Learning Center staff and volunteers.

Both special education and credit recovery students have access to a complete range of educational services, and can complete all coursework required for graduation at the Knox Learning Center.  Academic, social, and emotional support for students at the Learning Center is provided by social workers, parent mentors, classroom aides, and teachers employed by the Knox Educational Service Center.  Additional student support is provided by probation officers employed at the Knox County Juvenile Court; by counselors and therapists associated with the Knox County Juvenile Court, the Village Network, Behavior Healthcare Partners, and the Freedom Center; by volunteers active in the Knox County Foster Grandparent Program; by student programs at Kenyon College and Mount Vernon Nazarene University; and by community volunteers.

Contact Us

Knox Learning Center Office

900 West Vine Street
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Phone:  (740) 393-6769
Fax:  (740) 397-2292

Anthony Orr (click here to e-mail), Learning Center Special Education Director

The Knox ESC Preschool

Preschool special education is for three to five-year old children with disabilities.

The Knox ESC Preschool aims for families and preschool staff to work together to meet the needs of young children with disabilities. To meet individual children’s needs, we offer a variety of preschool special education services. Children with disabilities may receive various services provided by the Knox ESC.

Each child with a disability has an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Parents, teachers, therapists, and school administrators collaborate to write the IEP. The IEP lists the individual goals for the child and the services the child receives.

For more information on Special Education we provide or if you have any other related questions, please feel free to contact us.

Contact Us

ESC Preschool Office
11700 Upper Gilchrist Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
Phone:  (740) 393-6980 EXT 233
Fax:  (740) 397-9329

Ronda Beheler (click here to e-mail), Preschool Special Education Director & Related Services