The WCPS Exceptional Children Department is committed to professional excellence, educational and skill development, integrity, and accountability by proactively providing specialized instruction and staff support that ensures quality programs in the LRE that will lead students with disabilities to optimal participation in society.
The WCPS Exceptional Children Department will support all learners by cultivating:
-intentional programming adapted to meet personalized student needs
-specialized, quality instruction tailored to promote progress
-relationship building with students and collaboration with families to foster future independence and lifelong learning
-commitment to staff skill development and innovative resources to accommodate growth
-partnerships with community and advocacy groups within Wayne County and abroad
The Wayne County Public Schools provide special education and related services for children ages 3 through 21 who have been determined eligible for special education services by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team. Referral, evaluation, identification, and special education services are provided as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and the North Carolina Procedures Governing Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities.
Each school in the Wayne County Public Schools provides special education and related services. These services are provided for students in the least restrictive environment as determined by the IEP team. School-based special education teachers and therapists provide the required services for the majority of our students. Students who require more extensive service are served through Intensive Intervention programs. Special education services for preschool students with disabilities are mostly provided in their natural environment - daycare centers, Headstart centers, or at home.
Wayne County schools provide special education and related services for more than 2,700 students annually. Students are identified in a variety of disability categories and served through a variety of methods as required by IDEA. Emphasis has been placed on serving students with a disability within the regular classroom; however, the school system maintains a continuum of services to meet the individual needs of students.
Students with a disability participate in all aspects of public education in Wayne County. Most of our students follow the Standard Course of Study and graduate from high school with a diploma.