Exceptional Children
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Programs for Exceptional Children

Vision: Programs for Exceptional Children positively impact academic and social outcomes for students with disabilities so they can be productive citizens.


Mission: Programs for Exceptional Children promote success for students with disabilities, their families, staff and community to achieve positive post-secondary outcomes.


Programs for Exceptional Children

  • Provide the full continuum of services to students with disabilities, based on individual needs.
  • Demonstrate commitment and dedication to ensure access to the general curriculum.
    • Provide information regarding curriculum options for students with disabilities
    • Implement various grants in cooperation with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte that address the Extensions of the Common Core Standards.
    • Provide information about the implementation of inclusive practices as a service delivery model 
  • Develop individualized student plans as determined by data collection.
  • Apply researched based interventions and methodology.
  • Encourage parent participation in the team process of individual program development as well as involvement in school-related activities.


What curriculum is used in classes for students with disabilities?

The Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards are used throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Exceptional Children teachers use a variety of strategies to help students make progress in the curriculum, including co-teaching with general education teachers.   At the high school level, students with disabilities may participate in the Occupational Course of Study, a pathway leading to a North Carolina diploma.

Students with significant cognitive disabilities participate in the Extensions of the Common Core Standards. This curriculum teaches the essential elements of the traditional course of study while also emphasizing the acquisition of functional skills.



P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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