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Welcome to the School for Exceptional where we don't see the "Dis" in our students "Abilities!"  We are eager to continue building a "World Class" school for our "World Class" students, staff, and community!  S.E.C. is an exciting place filled with ideas, commitment, collaboration, and a love for learning!  Feel free to browse through our website, as we highlight our campus news and events! 

Sharnell Thompson, Principal

Our Vision

"We believe students with significant cognitive disabilities such as communication, physical, and/or sensory related challenges are capable of remarkable growth and achievement in the right environment.  We EXIST to create that environment; and teaching students with a research based curriculum that promotes individualized academic growth, transition, and functional life skills."


E3    We are:  Engaging, Educating, and Empowering

         Every Student, Every Day!


The Heart of S.E.C.

I Am the Child

     I am the child who cannot talk. You often pity me, I see it in your eyes. What I give you is so much more valuable — I give you instead opportunities. Opportunities to discover the depth of your character, not mine; the depth of your love, your commitment, your patience, your abilities; the opportunity to explore your spirit more deeply than you imagined possible. I drive you further than you would ever go on your own, working harder, seeking answers to your many questions with no answers. I am the child who cannot talk.

     I am the child who cannot walk. The world seems to pass me by. You see the longing in my eyes to get out of this chair, to run and play like other children.  My gift to you is to make you more aware of your great fortune, your healthy back and legs, your ability to do for yourself.  I give you awareness. I am the child who cannot walk.

    I am the child who is mentally impaired. I don’t learn easily, if you judge me by the world’s measuring stick, what I do know is infinite joy in simple things. I am not burdened as you are with the strife and conflicts of a more complicated life. My gift to you is to grant you the freedom to enjoy things as a child, to teach you how much your arms around me mean, to give you love. I give you the gift of simplicity. I am the child who is mentally impaired.

     I am the disabled child. I am your teacher. If you allow me, I will teach you what is really important in life. I will give you and teach you unconditional love. I gift you with my innocent trust, my dependency upon you. I teach you about how precious this life is and about not taking things for granted. I teach you about forgetting your own needs and desires and dreams. I teach you giving. Most of all I teach you hope and faith. I am the disabled child.