Gretchen Everhart School
2750 Mission Road,
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We believe that each individual is unique, differing from all others in types of attributes and degree of endowment. Each individual should be allowed to grow and develop to his/her greatest potential intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally.
We believe that educational programming should be designed to meet the needs of each student as an individual, rather than trying to fit the student into already established programs.
We believe that it is the joint responsibility of the home, school, and community to cooperatively provide the environment and experiences to enable each individual to develop his/her maximum potential.
Gretchen Everhart School
Where everyone is exceptional!
Gretchen Everhart School is part of the Leon County School system and serves students with intellectual disabilities ages 3-22 years of age. The school started by concerned parents as the Candle of Hope School during the late 1960s and relocated in 1972 to its current location on Mission Road. Today the school accommodates approximately 250 students with severe to moderate mental handicaps. All students at the school in grades K Ė 12th have cognitive deficits and special needs which are addressed in Individual Education Plans for each student. The school serves students from Leon County and the surrounding counties of Gadsden, Jefferson, Taylor, Wakulla, Liberty, and Franklin whose needs canít be successfully met in a traditional school setting.
Current initiatives at the school include literacy instruction, instruction on the Florida Sunshine Standards through the appropriate access points, use of technology and assistive technology and the coordination of transition services to post school settings. A critical component of learning for our students is the ability to apply skills in real life through trips to community settings. It is the goal of the school to help all students achieve to their maximum potential and enjoy an improved quality of life. Activities at the school include participation in Special Olympics, chorus, cheerleading, proms, dances, swimming instruction, family carnivals, and a special family camping trip each fall. Students have the opportunity to participate in music, art, P.E., and computer lab activities each week in addition to the specialized instruction provided in the classrooms. The school offers a before and after school enrichment program (SMILE) that helps reinforce skills and activities learned during the school day while at the same time providing specialized supervision to students beyond the school day.
The school is able to help students achieve through the hard work of the dedicated employees and the active participation of the P.T.O. The school has approximately 35 teachers, 70 paraprofessionals, 3 speech therapists, 2 occupational therapists, 3 physical therapists, and teachers of the visually and hearing impaired. In addition the school has 2 nurses and 2 school health assistants on staff to meet the complicated medical and physical needs of the students.
Come and visit! It is a wonderful experience that you will never forget!
Everhart Year Books Are Here!
It's not to late to purchase your Everhart yearbooks. The yearbook features all our students from the Owl's Nest to Post-Secondary. The books are $15 each.
On July 24th, Andrew Wyatt, a student at Chiles High School and Boy Scout built a deck at Gretchen Everhart School as his Eagle Scout Project. Read more>>
GES PTO On-Line Volunteer Database
But for the kindness and generosity of Dorret Goodwin, we would not
have a brand new, nifty on-line volunteer database!
Thanks for visiting our site!
Page updated: 02/24/2009
The SMILE program is now able to offer a limited number of
scholarships to our students for after school services. There is
a qualification process that is required and a committee that reviews
applications. Please contact Pam Jameson at 488-5785 ext.202 if
you are interested in a scholarship.
Other Everhart Sites:On-Line Volunteer Database Introduction & Instructions
Note: If your school is interested in using this database for your school, read more>>.
Calendar of Events - Gretchen Everhart School (opens in new window)
Literacy Discussion Web (opens in new window)
SMILE at Everhart Website (opens in new window)
Friday, December 12th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM - Winter Wonderland Holiday Dance
Monday, December 15th at 6:00 PM - Everhart Chorus Holiday Program
Box Tops for Education
We continue to raise money by clipping box tops for education. Read more>>
If you have access to email at your home or office, please join the Gretchen Everhart School Mailing List. You will receive weekly announcements, updates and other pertinent and useful information from the school and your PTO. There is no cost for this service, and it is easy to join. Just follow these directions:
1. Go to http://listserv.leon.k12.fl.us
In a few minutes you will receive an email confirmation. When you get the confirmation message, please respond immediately. You must reply within 48 hours, or your membership will be canceled.
Contact your Webmaster if you have questions or need additional information
Everhart Cookbook Volume II
Copies of the Everhart cookbooks are still available for $11.50 per copy. Checks can be made out to Everhart Family Circle (or cash is always accepted ;-).
Get involved with PTO
We need your help as we continue to build a Parent Teacher Organization here at Gretchen Everhart School. It is long over due and will be a tremendous asset to children, parents and teachers! Read more
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