Student Services and Special Education
Director of Student Services
Todd Fruth
Candy Leal
School Psychologist
Elementary, grades PK-5

Tammy Brown
School Psychologist
Middle School/High School, grades 6-12

Amy Grogg
School Psychology Assistant
Tammi Elwood
Gifted Teacher
Renee Long

IDEA Public Notice

Defiance City Schools will soon be receiving notice of our IDEA, Part B fund allocations administered through the Office of Exceptional Children, Ohio Department of Education. These federal dollars are made available under the provision of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Entitlements are based upon the number of resident children with disabilities, age 3 through 21, who are provided appropriate special education programs by the school district.
The district is required to provide notice of a public hearing in which the public will be able to provide comment on how the district plans to spend its IDEA funds. If you wish to provide comments, please attend the hearing on May 11th, 2:00 to 4:00, in the DCS Board Room, located at 629 Arabella Street Defiance, Ohio.
In accordance with federal law, the District assumes responsibility for the location, identification and evaluation of all children birth through age 21 who reside within the district and who require special education and related services. This includes students who are:
(1) Advancing from grade to grade;
(2) Enrolled by their parents in private elementary or private secondary schools, including religious schools, located in our District (regardless of the severity of their disability);
(3) Wards of the state and children who are highly mobile, such as migrant and homeless children; and
(4) Home-schooled.


The District ensures that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) is made available to all children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21, inclusive, in accordance with IDEA and the Operating Standards.

The District ensures that initial evaluations are conducted and that reevaluations are completed for children residing within the District. The District uses a referral process to determine whetheror not a child is a child with a disability. The District also provides interventions to assist a child who is performing below grade-level standards.

The District ensures that an IEP is developed and implemented for each child with a disability, ages 3 through 21, inclusive, who requires special education and related services and who residesin the district.


Defiance City Schools ensures that, to the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or nonpublic institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are nondisabled. Placement of students with disabilities in special classes, separate schooling or other removal from the regular educational environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services, modifications and/or accommodations cannot be achieved satisfactorily. The Defiance City School District ensures that a continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of children with disabilities for special education and related services in the least restrictive environment (LRE). A child with a disability is not removed from education in age-appropriate regular classrooms solely because of needed modifications in the general education curriculum.

Defiance City Schools District educates approximately 550 students on IEP plans. These students are supported by thirty-plus Intervention Specialists. Categories of identified disabilities served are as follows: Multiple Disabilities, Hearing Impairments, Cognitive Disabilities, Visual Impairments, Speech and Language Impairments, Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury, Other Health Impaired, and Orthopedic Impairments.
Your child may be eligible for a scholarship under the Autism Scholarship Program or the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program to attend a special education program that implements the child’s individualized education program and that is operated by an alternative public provider or by a registered private provider.
Information on scholarship programs are available from the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) web site at
• For information on the Autism Scholarship Program, search Autism Scholarship Program
• For information on the Jon Peterson Special Needs Scholarship Program, search Jon Peterson Scholarship.
For additional information or questions on these scholarship programs, contact:
Office of Nonpublic Educational Options
(614) 466-5743
Toll-free: (877) 644-6338




Please click on link to download Defiance City Schools' Acceleration Policy
629 Arabella St.  Defiance, Ohio 43512  |  Phone: 419-782-0070
Defiance High School  |  Phone: 419-784-2777
Defiance Middle School  |  Phone: 419-782-0050
Defiance Elementary  |  Phone: 419-785-2260
Defiance Athletic Department  |  419-784-0102
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Defiance City Schools
629 Arabella Street
Defiance, Ohio 43512

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