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United States Army
School Support Services
6880 Radio Road
Fort Polk, LA 71459
Each installation provides information about the types of schools and programs offered on or near your installation for your child. Learn about the types of programs, guidelines and requirements for each school. Whether you choose to send your child to a Department of Defense School, a private school or public school, your installation can help you explore all of your options to make the right decision for you and your child.
School Bus Service and Transportation
For bus routing information you may call the Director of Transportation at 337-239-3401, or individual schools. Separate and specially equipped buses are used to transport students with special needs.
Individual school rules approved by the principal apply on the bus. Student behavior, at times, will be recorded by video camera. Students may lose riding privileges for violation of rules.
Students may attend the school of their choice if it's out of their designated district if the school authorities approve and the parent and/or guardian transport the student(s) to and from the desired school.
School Food Services
The meal prices are listed below:
VERNON PARISH STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES
JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Vernon Parish School Board
Department of Special Education
Welcome to the Special Education Department of the Vernon Parish School Board. We believe every student can learn … just not all in the same way. Our school district may be able to help a child who has a learning problem or disability. With parental permission, services could include:
For more information call 337-239-1689.
The Vernon Parish School System provides a continuum of direct, related and support services to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities. Educational opportunities are provided for students ages 3-21 at schools throughout the district. Services include, but are not limited to, gifted, talented, speech, OT, PT, health care, and counseling.
Vernon Parish Public Schools (VPSB) assures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all children with disabilities residing within the jurisdiction of Vernon Parish between the ages of 3 and 21. Students that are identified as a child with an exceptionality in Headstart or LA 4 settings will receive Special Education services as outlined on their IEP.
VPSB assures that all procedures for the development and implementation of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process are followed.
Special Education services offered in a variety of settings to include: Inclusion, resource room, and self-contained class. Paraprofessionals are also available for students with more significant cognitive disabilities.
In order to initially receive services through the Vernon Parish Special Education Department, a child must first be evaluated by a multi-disciplinary team to determine which services the child needs and is eligible to receive and evaluation of activities/services for students who are suspected of being disabled and for the provision of FAPE to students with disabilities within the jurisdiction of Vernon Parish Public Schools.
Placement and services flow from the needs of the students identified through a referral process that includes a multidisciplinary evaluation (MDE) which provides the foundation for the development of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) prior to making a placement decision for participation in one or more of the Special Education programs. A wide range of special education services are available to elementary and secondary school-age children. Programs are offered for students with the following exceptionalities:
Elementary and secondary programs utilize various organizational structures, including Inclusion services, Resource Room Support, Self-Contained settings and itinerant services. Each self-contained class has one teacher and one or more assistants. Placement depends upon the disability and needs of the students.
As stated in Louisiana's Educational Rights of Children with Disabilities, "A student with a disability is entitled to receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE)". Our department works diligently with parish staff to ensure FAPE by providing student programs and services, many of which are listed below:
Vernon Parish School District honors the Military Compact Agreement. Students of military families who transition into the school district that previously received special education services will receive comparable services as they did in their previous educational setting.
All special education teachers have computers or Chromeboxes in their classrooms. Students also have access to iPads and other devices with applications to enhance their learning. Technical assistance with computers and software is available to all special education teachers and related service personnel. The provision of this service assists special education personnel and related service providers in planning for students, teaching students and assessing students more effectively via the computer
The Vernon Parish Gifted Program offers services to students in grades K-12 who have been identified as having special learning needs due to exceptionally high academic abilities. To qualify for services in this field of special education, students are referred for testing in reading and math achievement as well as intellectual ability. Referrals can be made by teachers, parents, or administrators who have evidence of the child’s high abilities. All gifted testing is handled by the Pupil Appraisal Department.Once a child has been identified by meeting the Louisiana State Department’s criteria, parents meet with the gifted program staff to discuss the individual child’s needs and how they might be best met through a variety of program options. At this meeting, called an I.E.P. conference, an Individual Educational Plan is designed. Services are implemented by teachers of the gifted.Students identified as Gifted in Grades K-8 are served in an enrichment setting(pull out)Other students’ needs are best met by an accelerated academic program in the content areas. Students work with materials which are advanced for their grade level.
The Talented Arts Program is an educational program for students identified as talented in visual arts, music, or theatre in grades K-12 in the Vernon Parish Schools. Classes provided in these disciplines are designed to provide experiences that enable the talented student to further develop demonstrated skills, increase discipline knowledge, and grow as an artist.
Special Education Staff:
Charlotte Cooper, Director of Special Education
Leslie Ortiz, Special Education/Curriculum Supervisor/ 504 Coordinator
Office #: 337-239-1689
Children from military families at Fort Polk attending all area schools are welcome and important students. The combined efforts of the entire educational team, students, parents, school board and staff in Vernon Parish results in a wide range of outstanding accomplishments. A tradition of academic achievement, athletic pride, and positive relationships continues between the Fort Polk and Vernon Parish communities.
The state's criterion-referenced Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) and Graduate Exit Exams, Vernon Parish continue their prominence in these scores as well. LEAP tests are given to grades 3, 5, 7, 10, and 11, the latter two being required for graduation. Tests are administered in language arts, mathematics, writing, science, and social studies.
Children of military families who reside on/off post may attend the Parkway and North Polk Elementary schools, Vernon Elementary, Leesville, Pickering or DeRidder, depending upon where they live. All children in grades 5 - 12, residing both on and off-post, may attend schools in Vernon or Beauregard Parishes.www.VPSB.US ; www.Beau.K12.LA.US
There are three other privet schools within Vernon and Beauregard Parish.
There are no DODDS schools in Vernon or Beauregard Parishes.
Basic Enrollment Requirements
Number of Schools
S - Satisfactory, meets criteria
P - Progressing
N - Needs to improve, does not meet criteria
There are different graduation plans for Louisiana. Follow the link below for more information.
There are four on-post schools:
The Education Center is located at 7660 Colorado Ave. Bldg. 660 Fort Polk, LA 71459.
Education Services Officer
Education Services Specialist
4th BCT, 10 Mtn.
JRTC and 1/509th
MEDDAC DENTAC, Deployed, Geographic Remote
Multi-Learning Facility(Army Learning Center/ MOS Library)
Northwestern State University 337-392- 3100, University Pkwy, Leesville, LA 71446
Central Louisiana Technical Community College -- 337-537-3135
Louisiana Technical College campuses are leaders in workforce development, preparing participants in programs with job skills that are necessary for the student to be prepared for today's job market. The programs listed below are Council of Occupational Education approved courses offered to the general public for Adult Education.