Tennessee School for the Blind Admission Requirements 

1. Admission procedures will begin when an official representative from the local education agency (LEA) and the parent(s)/guardian indicate an interest in having a student transfer to the Tennessee School for the Blind.

2. The applicant must meet the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Definition and Eligibility Standards for legally blind students.

A) Definition of “Disabilities”  (State Board of Education Rule 0520-1-9-.01 (15) (p)) “Visual Impairment Including Blindness” means impairment in vision that, even with correction, adversely affects a child’s educational performance.

B) Eligibility Standards

The child shall meet the definition of visual impairment and one or more of the following:

    1. Visual acuity in the better eye or both eyes with best possible correction of 20/70 or less at distance and/or near viewing;
    2. Visual field restriction with both eyes with remaining visual field of 60 degrees or less;
    3. Medical and educational documentation of progressive loss of vision, which may in the future affect the student's ability to learn visually;
    4. Other visual impairment, not perceptual in nature, reslting from a medically documented condition (i.e., cortical visual impairment).

3. The Superintendent in consultation with the Admissions Committee of the TENNESSEE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND will make the final determination of eligibility for admission. A major consideration is whether or not the school has an educational program that meets the needs of the student challenged, primarily, by severe vision loss. This determination might necessitate the applicant undergoing an educational, psychological and/or ophthalmologic assessment by the staff of the Tennessee School for the Blind.

4. The superintendent will have the prerogative to admit children whose application is accompanied by an ophthalmologist’s statement that the prognosis is “poor” and the visual acuity is decreasing. The visual findings of the ophthalmologist employed by the school will be final.

 

Tennessee School for the Blind (TSB) does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin, (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status in any of its activities or operations.      A-2 08/18

 

Admissions Packet

        Please note that the complete application for admission to TSB has now been divided into two (2) PDF files/sections: one for Instructional documents and forms, the other for the Clinic. Please be sure to print both files.

            Admissions Pack Part 1

            Admissions Pack Part 2

            Admissions Pack Part 3

 

For addition Information contact:

              Gloria Armstead

              Assistant to the Diirector of Accessible Instruction Materials and Outreach

              615-231-7301