Autism Program

We currently offer two Highly Structured Learning Centers at the junior high and senior high level in separate facilities in Urbana, Ohio for students who need a higher level of structure and support than what can be offered in the typical school setting. The student to staff ratio remains small and the environment is structured to provide for students with specialized and often complex needs in communication, social skills, sensory and behaviors. Functional skills and independence are also an integral part of the curriculum. Related service support is an important part of the services provided within our classrooms.

For more information, please call (937)484-6807

Alternative School

The Alternative School, located in Bellefontaine, offers an option for students who are in danger of being suspended or expelled from their home school; are assigned to an alternative program by the Juvenile Court; and/or are having other school related problems which lend themselves to an alternative approach in their education. The Alternative School also assists students who are in need of credit recovery that enables them to matriculate in a timely manner.

While attending the Alternative School students receive direct instruction, behavior modification, training in self discipline and the self confidence to alter conditions to insure personal achievement.

1130 W. Sandusky Avenue

Bellefontaine OH 43311

Phone: 937-772-4075

Preschool Special Education

The Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center operates Preschool Special Education programming in both Madison and Champaign Counties. These programs are designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities, ages three through five, as required by the Individual with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA-2004).

Programs and services are offered to children who have been identified through an Evaluation Team Report (ETR) as having a documented deficit in one or more of the following areas:

  • Communication
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Gross & Fine Motor Skills
  • Social Emotional/Behavioral Functioning
  • Self-Help Skills
  • Cognitive Skills

A continuum of services is available ranging from itinerant services in the home or a child care environment to half day center-based services. Additional supportive services can include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Physical Therapy
  • Psychological Services

Specialized services for children diagnosed with autism (or whom benefit from additional supports) are also available in Champaign County. The specific services to be provided are specified in an Individualized Educational Program (IEP) which is developed for all students who have been identified as having a documented deficit. There is no program fee for students with disabilities. Services are provided in the least restrictive environment through innovative learning activities and environments that include young children both with and without disabilities. An adopted curriculum, The Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers, is in place that is aligned to the Early Learning Content Standards.

Programming for typically developing peers is also offered at all program locations. Early Childhood Education funding allows enrollment for income eligible 3 and 4 year old children and their families. A sliding scale fee schedule is in effect for this programming based on the family’s gross family income.

Services are currently available at Norwood Elementary School in West Jefferson, Madison-Champaign ESC Preschool located at Urbana Local, Triad Elementary in North Lewisburg and West Liberty-Salem Elementary in West Liberty.

Preschool Supervisor

Cathy Pappas

Gifted and Talented

In Ohio, the gifted student is defined as one who is superior in one or more of the following types of ability:

  • Superior Cognitive ability
  • Specific Academic ability
  • Creative Thinking ability
  • Visual and/or Performing Arts ability

Gifted Education Goals:

To share information, materials and concerns with administrators, teachers, and parents; to provide support to clarify and improve delivery models; to provide resources as an enrichment; to provide ongoing in-service to all staff; to advocate for enrichment extension and differentiation to meet students’ need

Mac-a-Cheek Learning Center

Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center is a separate public facility for students in grades K-12. The program addresses behavioral as well as emotional concerns that interfere with the students’ ability to learn in a regular public school setting. Many of our students served at Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center are not able to build or maintain satisfactory interpersonal relationships with peers and teachers. The students at Mac-A-Cheek Learning Center come to the program from surrounding counties.


Mac-A-Cheek is located at: 1130 W. Sandusky Ave., Bellefontaine, OH 43311

Contact Information:

Phone: 937-404-1263
Fax: 937-292-7035



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The ESC’s policy 5630.01 – POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION AND SUPPORTS AND LIMITED USE OF RESTRAINT AND SECLUSION can be found on the ESC’s website under Board Policies

Multiple Disabilities

Our Multiple Disabilities (MD) Program includes nine classrooms for students kindergarten through graduation who have more significant cognitive needs and benefit from a small student to teacher ratio. Related service staff, including Speech and Language Therapists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and our Adaptive Physical Education teacher, give extra support to students within the classrooms. Our intervention specialists provide individualized direct instruction to students, usually using the Ohio Content Standards-Extended. Classrooms are based in Urbana City Schools (three elementary through junior high and one high school), West Liberty Schools (one middle school classroom), Mechanicsburg Jr/Sr High (one middle school classroom), and Triad Schools (two elementary classrooms and one high school classroom).

Contact Us

For more information, please call (937)484-6807.

Transition Program

LIFE-Life Skills and Independence for Future Employment

Our purpose is to prepare students for the future by improving their work skills, independent living skills, and social skills while they are still in school. Daily hands-on practice of functional skills is facilitated by our caring and dedicated staff. We offer both a Transition Classroom and Skills Lab.

Our LIFE Transition Classroom is an option for students with disabilities who are close to graduation who are preparing to work at a competitive community job and need focused preparation for independence and vocational training and career planning. The intervention specialist works with students on these skills in the classroom and hands-on at the community job site three days a week. Students considering this program must be able to work independently for short periods of time and demonstrate work-appropriate behaviors.

As part of the LIFE Transition Program, we also offer the LIFE Skills Lab. Teachers both within our Low Incidence Program and from surrounding districts come to the Skills Lab either on a regularly scheduled basis or through a specially scheduled visit to give their junior high and/or high school students the opportunity to complete authentic OT developed vocational tasks in a classroom that offers an abundance of resources. OT support is available to assist with modifying and adapting tasks and materials to be appropriate for individual students. The Skills Lab also offers some outreach resources to districts including a Lending Library, Vocational Assessments, and student Prep Courses. The driver’s ed prep course is currently available and OSHA Safety & Health will be offered soon. Other prep courses including safe food handling and housekeeping safety are still under development.