Director's Corner



I would like to welcome back our students, families, and faculty and staff.
  We are happy to announce that we have successfully completed our first year of planning for a more inclusive classroom environment as appropriate for the 2018-2019 school year.  These supports included professional developments working with students with disabilities, social-emotional trainings and increased student to staff ratios to address the needs for all students.  HCS has also worked very closely with outside agencies and stakeholders to build and foster relationships that continue to support the needs of our families.

We are excited for the increased inclusive practices that will be established for the 2019-2020 school year!  All students with disabilities will have increased access and opportunities to an inclusive educational environment with typical peers.  As we enter our second year of our Inclusive Three-Year Plan for Students with Disabilities, we will continue to provide the appropriate supports needed to ensure success for all students.  Our goal is to provide the appropriate level of supports needed in a general education setting for students with disabilities.  We would like to reassure parents and guardians that the supports and educational environments are individualized based on student needs. 

We are looking forward to a successful 2019-2020 school year.  Our Exceptional Education Department will continue to work diligently to be “The fastest improving school district in the State of Tennessee!”


Garfield Adams



Hamilton County Schools Exceptional Education Department commits to partnering with families and community agencies to ensure the spirit and implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act by creating, fostering, and supporting inclusive environments, services, and programs that meet the unique individual needs of all eligible special education students, including those students identified as gifted.

 Hamilton County Schools offers services for eligible students including access to general education, small group instruction, special classes, vocational training, enrichment classes, and home-bound schooling.  These students must be deemed eligible for such services by a specific team of professionals, with input by parents and sometimes students.  Services are outlined by these teams in Individualized Educational Programs (IEP) in keeping with federal, state, and local laws, regulations, procedures, and policies.


Garfield Adams, Ed.S, Director 
3074 Hickory Valley Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421
 ☎️ 423.498.7113
 📠 423.498.6670


All students currently attending an out of zone school will be grandfathered in through the highest grade available for the 2019-2020 school year. Special transportation for students with disabilities will be provided to the student’s home zoned school. Exceptions for transportation include the following:

blue_checkSpecialized programs (CALMM, DCC, deaf, and multi-handicapped)

blue_checkPlacement concerns due to limited accessibility to the educational facility
blue_checkExtended School Year
blue_checkPre-K and Developmental Programs
blue_check Current high school students

Garfield Adams, Ed.S.
Director of Exceptional Education

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