Exceptional Children
Special Education in CMS

What is special about special education in CMS?

Individualized instruction and student achievement are valued in CMS. This is evident through the services that are available, including:

  • Specially designed instruction to meet the needs of all students with disabilities 
  • Access to the general curriculum and intervention programs designed to provide maximum opportunities for instruction in the general-education setting 
  • Full continuum of service, including :  consultation, co-teaching, small group classes per subject area, self-contained settings and public separate schools
  • Curriculum-driven instruction: North Carolina Standard Course of Study and North Carolina Extended Content Standards
  • Related services that include but are not limited to speech, occupational and physical therapy
  • Specialized instruction for students with hearing, visual
    and physical disabilities
  • Modified materials, including but not limited to books on
    tape, large-print materials and specialized equipment and furniture
  • Accessible space in schools to meet the needs of students with physical disabilities 
  • Appropriate technology to support students

Who determines what services are provided for students with disabilities and where are they offered?

Individual Education Program (IEP) teams consider service delivery options based on the needs of each student.   Teams may consider regular, resource or separate settings which are available at every school for students participating in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  Teams may also consider self-contained classes for students with significant behavioral challenges or student with significant cognitive disabilities who participate in the North Carolina Extended Content Standards .

IEP teams may also consider self-contained classes at public separate schools for students with significant behavioral challenges or students with significant cognitive disabilities who participate in the North Carolina Extended Content Standards.

CMS provides comparable services to students identified with a disability who  enroll from another district.  Parents should contact the student's home school to initiate these services.