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Special School District of St. Louis County

District Overview

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

Student Success
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.

Continuous Improvement
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 (2017–2018)
Students receiving special education 23,160
Students in technical education 1,603

Staff (2017-2018)
Teachers 2,712
Paraprofessionals (teacher assistants) 1,849
Other 775

District Report Card
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) annually compiles a District Report Card for each school district in the state, as well as a School Report Card for each school in the state. Click here to access SSD's report cards.

Learn about the district’s long-term vision

SSD Blueprint for Equity
SSD Comprehensive School Improvement Rolling Plan (PDF)

SSD Program Evaluation and Research

District Map
District Map (PDF)
SSD Fast Facts
  • 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.
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12110 Clayton Rd, Town & Country, MO 63131  /  314.989.8100  /  314.989.8552 – 711 (Missouri Relay)

Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD) is a leader in providing special education services to students with disabilities and also provides a wide range of career and technical education programs.
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