Special Education Process
Wake County Public School System provides special education and related services according to the federal mandates of the Individual with Disabilities Act and the regulations of the North Carolina Public School Law, Article 9.
Eligibility for special services
The Public Schools of North Carolina, Exceptional Children Division provides local educational agencies with detailed procedures for the delivery of special education services. These rules and regulations are detailed in Policies Governing Services For Children With Disabilities.
Services are provided under the following areas of eligibility:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Developmental Delay
- Serious Emotional Disability
- Hearing Impairment
- Intellectual Disability
- Multiple Disabilities
- Orthopedic Impairment
- Other Health Impairment
- Specific Learning Disability
- Speech/Language Impairment
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Visual Impairment
The special education process
- Referral Meeting - La Reunión de Recomendación
- Eligibility Meeting - La Reunión de Elegibilidad
- IEP Meeting - La Reunión del Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP)
- Reevaluation Determination - La Determinación de una Nueva Evaluación
Non Public SchoolsThe Wake County Public School System is responsible for locating, identifying and evaluating students with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private schools and home schools.
When a child from a Non Public School is referred for special education service, the parent needs to contact the base school to get the child enrolled. The address lookup tool can help parents identify the WCPSS base school associated with their address.
The parents will also need to complete Supplemental Screening Information Parentally-Placed Private School Students form. This provides important information for the referral to special education.
Parents with additional questions about the Child Find Process in private and home schools should contact the Office of Family and Community Connections in Special Education Services, Contact Us | Contàctenos.
Office: (919) 431-7334
Spanish Line: (919) 431-7143
Fax: (919) 858-3205