SNAC is a group of parents, district staff, and community professionals working together for the continuous improvement of the CHCCS Exceptional Children's program. Their purpose is to influence district policy on EC issues.
Orange County is a separate district from CHCCS. Their Exceptional Children Department is headed by Connie Crimmins for K-12, and Rhonda Konawicz for Pre-K services. Like CHCCS, each Orange County school has its own EC program facilitator.
The ultimate special education law experts. Their website is chock full of case law, questions and answers, resources, and more. They also sell all of the outstanding Wrightslaw books on special education law on their site. If you ever have a chance to go to one of Pete Wright's special education law seminars, do it! They are definitely not just for lawyers, and parents will get a lot out of them.
Advocates for Children's Services / Legal Aid of North Carolina:
Advocates for Children's Services provide free legal assistance to low income families who need assistance with public school issues (accessing special education, IEP disputes, expulsions, etc.). They are only able to directly represent a limited number of families at any given time, but they also have an excellent free handbook about knowing your rights in the NC public schools. The handbook has a comprehensive section about special education.
A very good resource for 2e (twice exceptional) issues. If your child has HFA/Asperger's and is academically gifted, this website will have a lot of useful information to help advocate for your child's unique challenges.
TRIANGLE AREA PRIVATE, CHARTER & BEHAVIORAL SCHOOLS
Gifted, Sensory, Grade K-12 Class size average 10 to 15
Our Unique Program Offers:
• Small Classes (10:1 student/teacher ratio)
• Diagnostic Testing - student's knowledge base and learning style is "diagnosed" in each subject area
• Individualized Curriculum
• Mastery-Based Learning
• Experienced Faculty
• Family-Like Atmosphere
• Key Role for Parents
• Outstanding College Placement Program
• Affordable Tuition
Tutoring, Learning Differences, ASD case by case, Grades K-12
ASD focus, Grades K-12
ASD focus, ABA, 18 months to 16 years, 1:1 Ratio
The Mariposa School is a non-profit organization created specifically to offer children with autism and other developmental disabilities year round intensive instruction, using innovative teaching techniques. Based in central North Carolina, the school has attracted international attention for its progressive teaching curriculum and various programming opportunities. Families from across the country and world have relocated so their children can attend the school – a testament to the effectiveness of its teaching methodology and commitments to helping these students succeed. Each program is tailored to fit individual needs so that the student may realize his/her maximum potential.
ASD Focus, PreK only – must begin by age 4
Grades 6 through 10
The Hawbridge School is a tuition-free public charter school serving students in grades 6-12. Located in a restored mill on the banks of the Haw River in Saxapahaw, we offer an enriched curriculum in environmental studies, the arts, and writing. We’re a leader in the outdoor classroom movement, and our highly qualified, deeply committed faculty includes scientists, mathematicians, a composer, writers, editors, performers, visual artists, graphic designers, and a local (very local) radio personality--all of them highly accredited and committed to research-driven education
Kestrel Heights School, founded in 1998 as a public charter school, serves students in grades K-12 in the greater Durham area. We believe that all children can succeed in a safe and challenging environment that is dedicated to nurturing lifelong learners. By fostering a community with high expectations, modeling characteristics of responsible citizenship, and focusing on the development of the whole person, we believe we will help to create a great school for all children. Kestrel Heights School believes in the Paideia Program of teaching. For more information about Paideia, visit the website for The Paideia Center in Asheville, NC.
Southern Wake Academy
Grades 6-12 also Occupational Course of Study
Voyager Academy Middle School serves approximately 500 students across grades 4-8. VAMS is a North Carolina Public Charter School that began in 2007 with the goal of providing students an academically challenging and supportive learning environment. Staff utilizes experiential and traditional learning strategies so that students become responsible, engaged, and innovative members of society. The school’s expectation is that all students, working with dedicated faculty and family, will excel academically and socially. Since 2007, VAMS has grown to become a recognized project-based learning model school and continues to be dedicated to helping all students excel in their academic goals and real world pursuits.
Lakeview School is an alternative program designed for students in grades 6-12 who have a history of chronic misbehavior and/or have received long-term suspension. There are seven different components of the school developed to address the specific needs of our students. The staff works with students and their families to design curriculum and personal behavior plans based on each individual student's situation. Students remain in the designated program for a determined period of time or until they meet stated goals and then return to their home school or a less restrictive environment.
To be eligible for admission to Murdoch Developmental Center a person must have a diagnosis of profound, severe or moderate intellectual/developmental disability or a related developmental disability. All admissions are subject to space available in the appropriate cottage. No one is denied admission because of inability to pay. Murdoch Developmental Center also has four programs that serve individuals from the entire state. BART (Behaviorally Advanced Residential Treatment) serves young adult males with developmental disability diagnoses and extreme behavior problems. STARS (Specialized Treatment for Adolescents in a Residential Setting) serves adolescents, ages 13 through 17, who have a dual diagnosis (developmental disability and mental illness). PATH (Partners in Autism Treatment and Habilitation) serves children, ages 6 to 16, with autism spectrum disorder and serious behavioral challenges. TRACK (Therapeutic Respite Addressing Crisis for Kids) serves children ages 5 through 17 who have moderate to profound intellectual disabilities and/or autism spectrum disorders and are in an emergency crisis situation.
Mission Statement: Wright School provides best practice, cost-effective residential mental health treatment to North Carolina's children, ages six to twelve, with serious emotional and behavioral disorders; and supports each child's family and community in building the capacity to meet children's special needs in their home, school and local community.
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