Students are admitted to Missouri School for the Blind (MSB) in cooperation with your local school district (also called local education agency or LEA).  The services at Missouri School for the Blind are provided at no cost to the student, parent or your school district.

Please refer to the Missouri State Plan for Special Education

The following procedures have been established to determine students' eligibility for admission to Missouri School for the Blind:

  1. Referrals to Missouri School for the Blind are initiated by the IEP team.  IEP teams determine the need for intensive services based on many criteria, including but not limited to  1)  lack of progress on IEP goals, or 2)  the need for emphasis on the Expanded Core Curriculum for the blind/visually impaired.
  2. The local education agency (LEA) will send a letter of referral and the following documents to MSB's Superintendent:
    • The most recent Individual Education Plan (IEP) which provides the information contained in (A)(3)(a, b, c) of the State Plan;
    • A three year re-evaluation;
    • An optometric and/or ophthalmological report dated within the last year (ophthalmological report preferred;)
    • An up-to-date immunization record.

A member of the Admissions Team will contact the LEA representative if additional information is needed.  The Superintendent will notify the district regarding the Admission Team's recommendation for eligibility for admission to MSB.