Special Populations

Special Populations

One in six Gary Community School Corporation students has a disability. To help every child succeed, our Special Populations Department focuses on academic outcomes, aspirations for our students and regulatory compliance. Today, we are providing our students with more stability and continuity, new opportunities for inclusion and higher-quality programs that are aligned with district efforts to help all our students reach a high standard.

Gary Community School Corporation provides a continuum of services for students with disabilities, age 2 to 21 inclusive, who are found eligible to receive special education services. Special education services are provided in the least restrictive environment in the neighborhood school to the maximum extent appropriate for children with disabilities so they may be educated with children who are not disabled. City-wide special education services are provided in specific situations when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

The Gary Community School Corporation Special Populations department ensures that the identified needs of students with disabilities are met and that all appropriate guidelines and regulations are followed, in order to ensure higher achievement for students with disabilities

We Believe

· All students are entitled to a quality education.

· All students are entitled to learn in a positive and safe environment.

· Parents are an essential member of their child’s educational process.

· Learning is a shared responsibility among students, families, and staff.

Our Mission

To continue to improve the education, social-emotional growth, and post-secondary success of students with special needs.

Our Accomplishments

Significantly, increased inclusion (least restrictive environment-LRE) opportunities. Last year 65% of students in self-contained, isolated classroom, This year only 40%. Students with increased general education opportunities when from 15% to 34%.

Revised procedures and processes to address areas of concern (LRE, discipline, timeliness of initial evaluations).

Employed special education case managers to oversee the special education processes and IEP meeting of all schools.

Instituted Response to Intervention (RTI) in all school to address students academic and behavioral needs without referring to special education as the only means of intervention.

Increased professional development opportunities for special education staff, service personnel ( social workers, speech therapists, school psychologists), case managers and RTI facilitators to ensure best practice implementation.

Increased Child Find opportunities, especially for students ages 3-5 years, to ensure early interventions.

Instituted early intervention literacy development for K, 1st, 2nd grade students.

Contact Info

Special Populations

Shavette Grady 

Director of Special Populations – sgrady@garycsc.k12.in.us

Melissa Van Vossen

Assistant Director of Special Populations – mvanvossen@garycsc.k12.in.us

Sainima Moliga

Grant Specialist – smoliga@garycsc.k12.in.us

Nuu-Vali Moliga

Secretary – nmoliga@garycsc.k12.in.us

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Our Departments

Blind Low Vision


Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Social Worker

Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Occupational Therapist

Special Education Coordinator

Special Education Teacher

Speech Pathologist


Physical Therapist

Pre-School Coordinator

High Ability

Multilingual Learner

District Hours of Operation

M-F: 7:00am – 4:00pm


9th Avenue & Gerry Street
Gary IN 46406






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