Student Services

The Student Services department provides a wide variety of services to both local and city school districts in Summit, Medina, and Portage Counties, as well as in neighboring communities. Services may include special education, school psychologists and related services personnel. We also provide intervention specialists, educational aides, attendants, and interpreters to assist area districts in meeting the educational needs of their students. In addition, we coordinate staff, and run a comprehensive, integrated preschool program for students ages three through five. Beginning in the fall of 2008, we launched SCOPE Academy, an innovative, multi-age preschool housed at Boyer Kindergarten Center.

During the year, we provide staff development opportunities for all educators and district leaders to comply with Ohio’s "Operating Standards for Ohio’s Schools Serving Children with Disabilities," and research-based practices.

The Summit County ESC coordinates the Summit County Counselors’ Association’s monthly newsletter and quarterly meetings. Summit County has a long history of providing outstanding services to our schools.

We strive to accommodate your district and student needs!


What We Do...

The following is a list of services provided by Student Services. It is in no way a comprehensive list, but covers general areas of service provision with a very brief overview of that service. Services are provided based on district service contracts in agreement with our Board Policy and Procedures.

Attendance Coordination

Provide assistance with students experiencing attendance problems and investigating and helping to remediate these problems. Coordinate any collaborative efforts to provide services to students who are involved with appropriate community agencies; i.e., Akron Child Guidance, Children Services Board, Children’s Hospital, Blick Clinic, etc.

School Psychological Services

Provide full range of school psychological services, including testing, counseling, and consultation to students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community agencies. Some of our school psychologists are LEA assigned.

Special Education Supervisory Services

Provide consultation and supervision for all special education classes, out-of-district placements, related services, extended school year programming, and any form of special education programming.

School Speech/Language Pathology Services

Provide full range of speech/language therapy services, including testing, therapy, and consultation.

Speech/Language Supervisory Services

Provide consultation and supervision to speech/language pathologists, as well as for students with communication impairments as their primary or related area of disability. Establish in-services related to current practice and theory and provide consultation to regular and special educators regarding language-based difficulties.

Work-Study Coordination Services

Provide work-study coordination services to all high school special education students and assistance in helping to secure community-based employment.

Summit County Preschool Program

Provide an integrated, comprehensive preschool program for all students, ages 3 to 5, with special needs or considered at-risk. Related services, such as assessments, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and nursing services are also provided.

Summit County Counselors’ Association

Provide counselor education through staff development with elementary, middle school, and high school counselors.

The Student Services Department also acts as a liaison between the Ohio Department of Education and the Office of Exceptional Children and our local school districts on all issues relative to students with disabilities.


For more information, contact:

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Joseph Petrarca
Student Services Director
330-945-5600, ext. 511230
JoeP@cybersummit.org