Exceptional Children

The mission of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes to achieve their learning potential. In that spirit, our programs are designed to support students with disabilities as they acquire academic, social, and functional skills. We support the policy of moderate inclusion, so that even students with the most severe disabilities spend time with typically developing peers. We serve students from 3 through 21 years of age.

Contact the EC Department

Lessley Saenz-Mader, Executive Director, EC and System of Care
(919) 967-8211 x28203

Ya Day Moo, EC Secretary 
(919) 967-8211 x28201

You can also consult our Instructional Services Directory for EC department member roles.

Exceptional Children Resources

EC Parent Companion - This companion supplements the CHCCS Parent Handbook as a guide to special education services for parents/guardians of children with disabilities in grades K-12.

Referral, Evaluation, & Placement of Exceptional Children - Learn how students are referred to and enrolled in the Exceptional Children's program, including the development of the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and how EC services are delivered.

Programs Supports & Related Services for Exceptional Children - Brief descriptions of the programs and services that we provide.

Procedural Safeguards: Handbook on Parents' Rights - This handbook from the NC State Board of Education describes the legal rights provided for you and your child with a disability.

Special Needs Advisory Council (SNAC) - SNAC is a group of parents, district staff, and community professionals working together for the continuous improvement of the CHCCS Exceptional Children's program. Get involved with SNAC!

Extended School Year (ESY) is provided for children with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who require extended services based on a set of criteria for eligibility for ESY. This is determined annually by the IEP team.

Twice Exceptional (2e) Students - Twice-exceptional students are gifted children of above average abilities who have special educational needs.

EC Program Facilitators - Program Facilitators are school-level contacts for the Exceptional Children Program.