Exceptional Children
Accessing Special Education Services

Accessing Special Education Services For Your Child


Parents of children ages three to twenty-one years sometimes suspect delays in the development of speech-language, readiness, motor, social-behavior, academic, and self-help skills. Concerned parents can contact the student’s home school or Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) Exceptional Children Program to request evaluations (or re-evaluations) to be considered for Exceptional Children services. 


What are the steps involved in this process?

  • Concerned parents of school aged students enrolled in a parentally-placed private/home school should contact the school to which the student would be assigned if enrolled in CMS.  The parent may also contact the CMS Exceptional Children at 980-343-6960 or ec@cms.k12.nc.us (Information obtained will be forwarded to the student’s home school).
  • Parents of preschool aged children should contact the CMS Exceptional Children Intake telephone line at 980-343-2720.
  • The IEP team meets with the parents to discuss their concerns.
  • If the team determines an evaluation is needed, written permission for testing is obtained.  The team obtains any already completed test reports and conducts an comprehensive assessment that follows federal and state guidelines.
  • The IEP team schedules a final conference with the student’s parents to discuss the evaluation results and decides whether or not special education and support services are needed.


4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd. Suite 500
Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone: 980-343-6960
Fax: 980-343-5433

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools requires the following information when starting the evaluation and
eligibility process for consideration of Exceptional Children services:

  • Proof of Legal Name and Date of Birth
  • Two Current Proofs of Residency
  • A completed CMS Enrollment Form