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No Child Left Behind- (NCLB) "Highly Qualified Teacher"

Parents certainly have a right to know who is teaching their child. On occasion, we have been asked about the professional qualifications of our teachers, such as: “Where did our teachers go to college?” “What were their majors?” or “Which graduate programs or special training have they completed?”

If you have questions like these, we have the answers. According to federal legislation – NCLB (No Child Left Behind), all schools are required to provide information on teacher qualifications to parents who ask. At DECA PREP, we work hard to recruit and hire the strongest teachers available. For example, nearly 100% meet or exceed the federal standards of being “highly qualified.” Also, many of our teachers continue each year to attend seminars, workshops and graduate classes to strengthen their teaching skills. We are proud of our teaching staff and we’ll gladly provide answers about their qualifications, training and educational background whenever asked.

To view the "Parent's Right to Know about Teacher Qualifications" document please click on the link below.


Parent Participation in Title I Programs-

To view this form please click on the link below.


Distributing Statement on State-Prescribed Testing and Compulsory Attendance

DECA PREP, Inc. is a community school established under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code. The school is a public school and students enrolled in and attending the school are required to take proficiency tests and other examinations prescribed by law.  In addition, there may be other requirements for students at the school that are prescribed by law. Students who have been excused from the compulsory attendance law for the purpose of home education, as defined by the Administrative Code, shall no longer be excused from that purpose upon their enrollment in a community school. For more information about this matter, contact the school administration or the Ohio Department of Education.

ORC 3314.041 Distributing statement concerning state-prescribed testing and compulsory attendance law to parents.



Ohio Enforcement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The Ohio Department of Education soon will make changes in the way it monitors, enforces and publicizes Ohio school districts’ compliance with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which ensures a free, appropriate public education to students with disabilities. The actions result from the partial settlement of a class action lawsuit.


Special Education Resources

Special Education is a term used to describe specially designed instruction. This individualized instruction meets the unique needs of a child who has a disability. Special Education is a service not a place.

The special services are provided by the school system and is free of charge. Services can include instruction in the general education classroom, in the resource room, in the school community, at home, in hospitals and in institutions.

There are thirteen categories of special education as defined by the Individuals with Disabilities Act. (IDEA) In order to qualify for special education, the IEP team must determine that a child has one of the following disabilities:

  1. Autism
  2. Blindness
  3. Deafness
  4. Emotional Disturbance
  5. Hearing Impairment
  6. Intellectual Disability
  7. Multiple Disabilities

8 .Orthopedic Impairment

  1. Other Health Impairment
  2. Specific Learning Disability
  3. Speech and or Language Disability
  4. Traumatic Brain Injury
  5. Visual Impairment

In order for the IEP team to qualify a child for special education services, the team must find the child the child to have one of the thirteen categories of disabilities and it must adversely affect the child's educational performance. For more information about special education in Ohio, please click here.


Pesticide Use Notification

By Ohio law, any parent/guardian can request notification of any pesticide treatment occurring in his/her child's school. If you would like to request notification, please email the appropriate representative below;


Christa Ponder

DECA Middle

Shelley McNichols


Linda Maio


To view the Ohio Department of Education Online Report Cards please click here!