Exceptional Children
New to CMS



If you are new to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and have questions about our special education offerings, please visit our Program and Services page or contact Elaine Jones, EC Parent Liaison, via email at elaine.jones@cms.k12.nc.us or via phone at 980-343-6960.

To learn more about enrolling your child, please visit CMS Student Placement.

EC Fact Sheet.pdf

EC Fact Sheet - Español.pdf

In order to make your student’s transition into CMS go smoothly, it is very important to provide your student’s new school copies of the following information during registration:
• Most recent psychoeducational report, eligibility, evaluation and/or reevaluation report;
• Current individualized education program (IEP); and
• Contact information for your student’s previous school and school district.

These items will support a successful transition between your student’s old and new school and will ensure that appropriate services and supports are made available.

What to Expect

For out of state students:
Once you have shared your student’s special education records, school staff will invite you to a meeting to discuss comparable services, or services similar to or the same as, provided on your student’s most recent IEP. During the meeting, school staff will also describe the initial eligibility process that occurs when students move from out of state and the timeline in which an initial North Carolina (NC) IEP will be developed.

For in state students but new to CMS:
School staff will begin implementing your student’s current NC on their first day of school. An invitation to review and revise your student’s IEP may be scheduled. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss your student’s transition to a new school and to determine if any adjustments to the services and supports currently being provided are needed.

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 and where they are 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.

Hardship Caregiver Information

If you are requesting a hardship Caregiver Affidavit please fill out the request form and contact Neva Butler, nevar.butler@cms.k12.nc.us or 980-343-2686.

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