Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is responsible for locating, identifying and evaluating students with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private schools and home schools.
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 or the Exceptional Children Program at 980-343-6960 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Information obtained will be forwarded to the student’s home school).
Students may contact their home school or the Exceptional Children Program once they reach age 18, the age of majority in the State of North Carolina, because the ability to make educational decisions and procedural safeguards transfers to them at that time (unless a guardian has been appointed to represent the student).
The Mecklenburg County GeoPortal can help parents identify the CMS home school associated with their address.
Parents of preschool-aged students should contact the Preschool Exceptional Children Intake telephone line at 980-343-2720.
The Individualized Education Program (IEP) team meets with the parents and/or student to discuss concerns and potential next steps.
If the team determines an evaluation is needed, written permission for testing is obtained. The team pulls together any already completed test reports and conducts a comprehensive assessment that follows federal and state guidelines.
The IEP team schedules a final conference with the parents and/or student to discuss the evaluation results and decides whether or not the student meets eligibility and requires specially designed instruction.
The IEP team develops a proposed IEP, if applicable, so the parent and/or student can make an informed decision about services that would be provided if the student enrolls in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS).
CMS requires the following information when starting the evaluation 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
Parents with additional questions about the Child Find Process in private and home schools should contact
Neva Butler, Administrative Specialist, via email at email@example.com or via phone at 980-343-2686 (school-aged)
Monique Luckey, Preschool Child Find Advocate, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 980-343-2772 (preschool-aged)
Programs for Exceptional Children has a duty under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) to seek out and evaluate students suspected of having educational disabilities and provide appropriate services. After soliciting suggestions about the service needs for students who are enrolled in private, parochial, and home-schools for the 2019-2020 school year, it was determined that speech-language therapy will be provided to students whose primary disability is Speech-Language Impaired. In addition, students who meet eligibility criteria under a different category but who require speech-language therapy as a related service will receive speech-language therapy. Speech-Language therapy is provided in the students’ school settings by contracted and licensed providers and includes regular consultation to each student’s general education teacher. Services will continue until the current year’s proportionate share of federal funds set aside for this purpose has been exhausted.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Neva Butler, Administrative Specialist, at 980-343-2686 or email@example.com.