Student Services and Student Achievement

  • Student Services and Student Achievement serve as a bridge between learning and the mental, physical, emotional, and social health factors that determine student achievement and life success. The Executive Director of Student Services oversees the following:

  • ESOL/Federal Programs

  • Special Education

  • Other Areas

  • The Department of Special Education supports its mission by:

    • complying with the provisions of IDEA of 1997(Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1997) and the IDEIA of 2004 (Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004)
    • appropriately identifying students with disabilities based on federal and state criteria
    • providing high quality, specialized instructional programs utilizing supplemental materials and research-based strategies
    • facilitating a collaborative team among parents, staff, and students to build a positive learning environment
    • promoting a strengths-based approach to build on success
    • supporting the development of knowledge and skills to prepare students to be college-bound and/or career ready in the following areas: academics; social/emotional; behavioral; communication; fine and gross motor; organization; transition goals; and functional life skills. 


    The Department of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) supports its mission by:

    • providing English Learners (ELs) access to core content and instruction while supporting their language acquisition process.
    • offering content-embedded support and English Language Development structures, ELs are able to be successful in their academic endeavors.
    • promoting an ESOL program in MCPS which is differentiated to meet the needs of all students, Pre-K through 12th grade. 


  • Dr. Thomas

    Dr. Chevese Thomas 
    Executive Director
    Student Services
    Phone: 571-377-6082
    Fax: 703-257-8805

    Johana Orellana
    Administrative Associate II
    Phone: 571-377-6082
    Fax: 703-257-8805