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Special Education Advisory Committee

Does your child receive special education services?

  • Join the mailing list to receive updates and news about events serving our special education community. Print and complete this form (click here), or email
  • The Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP) offers free information and support for families of children with disabilities or special needs.


Whether a student has a complex disability or just needs a little extra help, the SEAC helps make sure our schools are meeting the needs of each student.

Meetings are open to all Charlottesville City Schools families, and all public comments are welcome.

2023-24 SEAC Meeting Schedule

Next meeting: Wednesday, November 15, 5:30pm, Charlottesville High School Annex and on Zoom (link if needed).

All SEAC meetings are open to the public. We want to hear from you! Please come to a SEAC meeting, or for more information about joining the SEAC or any of its programs, please contact Rachel Rasnake, Director of Student Services, at 

What does the Special Education Advisory Committee do?

  • Give advice about unmet needs in special education
  • Help develop plans for improving performance of students with disabilities
  • Take part in developing ways to meet needs of students with disabilities
  • Access and review needs/plans for special education, submit reports and recommendations to the Superintendent and School Board
  • Assist the school system in interpreting plans to the community for meeting the special needs of children with disabilities for educational services.

The SEAC meets during the school year to discuss current “hot topics” of Charlottesville’s Special Education services.

Who serves on the SEAC?

  • Parents/guardians/family members of students with disabilities
  • People with disabilities
  • Related community service providers
  • Other interested community members

SEAC Programs
Parent Partners Program—This program offers support and information from trained parents who help other parents. If you have questions about special education, going through the eligibility process, writing/changing an IEP, or if your child is having a difficult time, please contact Irene Peterson at to find out more about Parent Partners.

SEAC Resources
For a list of current resources available to support families of students with disabilities, please use this link: SEAC Family Resources.

How can you be involved?

Do you have one hour a month to meet with other parents and help students with disabilities? The Charlottesville City Schools Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) welcomes new parents and other interested community members to join our group.

  • SEAC Application

How can we help you?
Joining the SEAC gives you great opportunities to learn about how school services work and how to best meet your child’s needs. You will also get the great boost of knowing that you have made a difference in the lives of hundreds of children with disabilities! You can also become more connected with resources that might benefit your family and others.

Don’t hesitate, get involved!

To Learn More
Rachel Rasnake, Director of Student Services
1562 Dairy Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
(434) 245-2400 ​​​​​​​