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Solly School


The Solly School is designed as a highly specialized area of education for ages 2 years old through 5th grade that provides children with exceptionalities the same opportunities as other children for a meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling life and develops the student as a skillful, free and purposeful person, able to plan and manage his or her own life and to reach his or her potential as an individual and as a member of society.

The Lipscomb Academy Special Needs Program provides a unique opportunity for students with special needs to receive an exceptional education in an inclusive, integrated Christian community. This program is driven by the school’s mission to “equip students to love to learn, learn to love and live to serve,” while keeping in mind that each person is uniquely shaped by God. This is consistent with Lipscomb Academy’s commitment for over 129 years to develop the mind, body, and spirit of all students regardless of their academic profile.  

The goal for students in the special needs program will be similar to all students at Lipscomb Academy: to achieve their academic, social and emotional potential and to serve the Lord. Created as an integrated program, students in this program will be included in the regular student body as is individually appropriate. An inclusive approach encourages all students to reach their potential and to live and succeed in a diverse environment. Each student will be provided with the level of instructional support necessary by the best educators with expertise in the area of special education. Students with special needs at Lipscomb Academy will be challenged to learn and grow socially, emotionally, and academically.

Program Requirements:

  • Students should have a diagnosed disability that meets the criteria for an intellectual or developmental disability. 
  • Students should show emerging or functional age appropriate communication skills verbally or through a communication device.  

  • With accommodations, modifications, and support from general and special education teachers, students must be able to participate in inclusive whole-group classroom lessons.

  • Students should be able to work or play independently for parts of the day without support staff (e.g., lunch, recess, PE). 

  • Must be toilet trained (by age 3) and manage personal hygiene/eating with minimal support.

  • Behaviors must not include major risk factors (elopement, aggression toward peers or adults, excessive or inappropriate language, self-harm, etc.). 

  • Medical needs should not require the attention of medically trained staff.

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