Hailed as “one of the great success stories in public education in the St. Louis region” by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SSD has become an icon for special education and technical education providers over the past half century.
SSD’s unique status as a public school district ensures that all local students receive equal access to quality special education regardless of their socio-economic background or the neighborhood in which they live.
SSD mission statement
In collaboration with partner districts, we provide technical education and a wide variety of individualized educational and support services designed for each student’s successful contribution to our community.
SSD vision statement
Partners for every student's success
SSD core values
We strive to actualize student potential and facilitate student success.
We work collaboratively with parents, students, partner districts and community resources to benefit students.
We seek to create a fiscally responsible, honest, responsive and compassionate environment valuing and appreciating all people.
We are good stewards of the students, the resources and the educational initiatives entrusted to us.
We use a systematic approach to continuously improve performance at all levels of the organization.
We use a systematic approach to ensure equal access at all levels of the organization.
SSD by the numbers
|Students in special education
|Students in technical education
Learn about the district’s long-term vision
SSD Focus Group Report (PDF)
SSD Comprehensive School Improvement Rolling Plan (PDF)
SSD Technology Plan (PDF)
SSD Program Evaluations
- One in 6 public school students in St. Louis County receive special education services or technical education from SSD.
- SSD staff provides special education services to students in 265 public schools in 22 school districts in St. Louis County.
- About 97 percent of the students who receive special education services from SSD attend a school in their local school district.