What is Exceptional Learning?

At Shining Rock Classical Academy we offer services to those in our Exceptional Children program or EC. Our team works to identify and serve students who need specially designed instruction and qualify in one of the fourteen disabling categories as identified by the State of North Carolina.

Areas of Exceptionality

  • Autism
  • Deaf-Blindness
  • Deafness
  • Developmental Delay
  • Emotional Disability
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment including Blindness

Details regarding eligibility criteria can be found in the Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, NC Department of Public Instruction.

EC staff

Kindergarten-2nd grade Elizabeth Angel

3rd grade-5th grade Alexandra Anderson

Middle School Todd Sessoms

Related Services

When a child is deemed eligible for services under one of the fourteen areas of disability, the IEP also considers whether or not a child needs additional services in order for them to access the curriculum. These may include speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy or audiology services. A student who does not require special education is not eligible for these services. In order to receive these services, the IEP team must be able to show that the service is educationally relevant, and without it, a student would not be able to appropriately access the school/curriculum.

What is Project Child Find?

An effort coordinated by your local school system and the Exceptional Children Division, State Department of Public Instruction, to:

  • Locate and identify children and youth ages birth through 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services.
  • Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies.

Who are the Children?

Children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance.

What help is available?

  • A complete evaluation and, if appropriate,
  • An Individualized Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age three,
  • An Individual Family Service Plan for each child with a disability if applicable
  • A referral to other agencies when needed.

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