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Exceptional Children

The mission of the Exceptional Children’s program is to work together with students, parents, regular educators, and community partners to ensure that all students with disabilities, ages 3 to 22, achieve positive outcomes through the provision of researched-based instructional practices and strategies. Through quality programming, all students with disabilities will have the opportunity to grow their cognitive, physical, social, and emotional skills.  It is our goal for all students with disabilities to obtain the knowledge and self-advocacy skills that will enable them to graduate and become independent, productive, contributing members in society.

The Exceptional Children’s program is supported by federal and state funding and serves approximately 300 students with disabilities. The system employs 17 exceptional children’s teachers, 1 full-time school psychologist, and 1 full-time  behavior intervention specialist.

Contracted personnel provide speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and hearing impaired services. Additional support is provided by numerous exceptional children's assistants.  All personnel work collaboratively to meet the unique academic and personal needs of students with disabilities in the district.  The system offers a full continuum of services and strives to serve all students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.   The district adheres to North Carolina’s Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, which is published by the Department of Public Instruction.