What We Do
Rapid City Area Schools conducts specific activities for the purposes of locating, evaluating and identifying students ages birth to 21 with suspected disabilities and who reside within the district’s boundaries. This includes students attending private schools. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of all children have a disability that hinders their educational development. Early identification of disabilities assists parents, students and schools in the design of appropriate educational services.​



If your child is a preschooler

If your child is a preschooler and you have concerns about your child’s development, Rapid City Area Schools offers screening clinics for preschool children to provide information to parents on school-related development. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of this FREE service, especially if you have questions regarding your child’s development. Vision, hearing and motor coordination screening is provided, as well as information on how well your child is doing with language, learning and behavior skills.

Preschool ChildFind screenings are held monthly during the academic year, and only takes up to an hour per child.  Call Donna at 605-394-1813 for more details.

If your child will be entering kindergarten

If your child will be entering a kindergarten program next year and you have particular concerns in any of these areas, the screening is especially advised.  Call Donna at 605-394-1813 for more details.

If your child is in school

If your child is in school and you believe a disability may impair his/her educational performance, you will be provided further information so you can decide whether to formally refer your child for a special education evaluation. It doesn’t matter if your child attends a public school or a private school.  Call Diane at 605-394-4035 for more details.

ChildFind-Annual Parent Notification

Rapid City Area Schools is required by law to annually notify parents of students with disabilities currently in attendance of their rights under IDEA, ARSD and FERPA guidelines. The parent or eligible student has a right to 1) inspect and review the student’s educational records, 2) request the amendment of student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the students privacy or other rights, 3) consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that the Act and ARSD regulations authorize disclosure without content, 4)  file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint and 5) obtain a copy of the district policy. The public may inspect documents relating to the policy, funding application, the comprehensive plan, evaluations or reports derived under funds application, the comprehensive plan, evaluations or reports derived under funds acquired from IDEA, Part B. These documents are available in the City/School Administration Center Office of Special Services, 300 6th Street, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the regularly scheduled school day.

Rapid City Area Schools is also required to conduct Childfind activities for children and youth between the ages of birth to twenty-one. If you suspect your child or any child has a developmental delay or disability, please call Donna at 605-394-1813 to make a referral for a screening or full evaluation as determined necessary by trained and qualified staff.

If you have questions concerning the content of this statement, please call Dr. Greg Gaden at 605-394-4035 for more information.