Curious about NC’s college programs for students with special needs?

Looking ahead at your student’s options after high school? Here is a great list of many college programs available in North Carolina for our students. Some are residential with inclusive housing options, some offer internships, and some reward a certification or award rather than degree – depending on the needs of the student. Click here: NCPSEA Program Info Grid  And learn more with the North Carolina Postsecondary Education Alliance (

Inclusive education… what’s bowling got to do with it?

Why is there a push for inclusion in the classroom and how does it benefit your child? Researcher Shelley Moore of The University of British Columbia shares an excellent analogy of how inclusion benefits everyone in an educational environment.

You may have heard the term”Universal Design for Learning” bounced around lately. Universal Design for Learning, or UDL, is a framework for embracing diversity in the classroom to benefit ALL students. This concept is used in developing and planning special education services and is making an impact in WCPSS.

Curious how to talk to someone in WCPSS’ Central Office when you need help?

Time to prepare for your child’s annual IEP meeting? Did you know there’s a way to talk with a real live person if you have questions about special education services in WCPSS? Call Family and Community Connections at (919) 431-7334. This team is part of the Special Education Services department in central office and is available to answer questions on programs available, services offered and can help parents be sure we understand our rights as we advocate for our children. See also the Parent’s Rights handbook published by DPI

2018-19 WCPSS Budget

Wake County parents, are you concerned about funding for your child’s school? You may be interested in the upcoming joint meeting of the Wake County Board of Education and the County Commissioners, who will vote on the funding required to meet the basic needs of our students. The meeting on Tuesday, May 22 at 2pm is open to the public, although there will not be a time for public comment.  Learn more here! 

There is also a public hearing of the Commissioners on Monday, May 21 at 7pm. You can find those details here.

I think my child needs an IEP!

Wondering if your student should have an Individual Education Plan? Curious about how the process works? Come out to WCPSS’ Crossroads II (110 Corning Rd, Cary, 27511) on Wednesday, February 21 from 5:30-7pm for a Parent Training Session. This session provides information about the IEP referral process and includes tips for parents to most effectively share their concerns with the school.

Parent sessions on ID Mild, ID Mod and AU changes for 2018/2019

If your child’s classroom will be affected by changes in regional programming for the next school year, you should have received notification from WCPSS about parent information sessions scheduled for next week. These are a great opportunity to learn more about the changes taking place as part of a 4 year plan to move students back to their base school. Everyone is welcome to attend these sessions, whether your child is immediately affected or not. Do call WCPSS’ Special Ed Services to let them know which session you plan to attend. Childcare is not provided.

ID Mild list of affected schools, parent session times and location (note the 1/29 sessions are at 11:30 until 12:30 and 6:30 until 7:30)

ID Mod and AU list of affected schools, parent session times and locations (note the 1/30 session is at Crossroads Flex High School, NOT at Crossroads II)