Special Education



Special Education Coordinator


Page Cotten

679 East Columbus Street

Dadeville, AL 36853

(256) 825-0746 ext. 23




Joy Patterson

(256) 825-0746 ext. 28



Child Find Activities

The Tallapoosa County Board of Education is responsible for locating, identifying and evaluating children with special needs. If you know of a student who has a disability, needs academic or physical accommodations or is gifted, please contact the Special Education Services Department at (256) 825-0746 ext. 23 or ext. 28.


Child Find Activities Gifted

Gifted students are those who perform at or who have demonstrated the potential to perform at high levels in academic or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment. These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program. Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavors. 


Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individual with knowledge of the student's abilities may refer a student. Additionally, all second grade students will be observed as potential gifted referrals using a gifted behavior checklist.


For each student referred, information is gathered in the areas of Aptitude, Characteristics, and Performance. The information is entered on a matrix where points are assigned according to established criteria. The total number of points earned determines if the student qualifies for gifted services.


To make a referral, contact the Gifted Specialist, Karen Coleman, at your child's school.  



Parent Resources


ALSDE: Special Education


LRP Resources

Special Education Prom 2017

State Superintendent Student Advisory Council

Council for Exceptional Children


Special Education - Teacher Resources

2017-2018 New Teacher Information

Special Education Teachers and Paraprofessionals

ALSDE: Special Education Preschool


Section 504


Gifted - ALSDE