Hi there, If your child has autism, there are probably about 50 classes system wide. In each learning zone, there are self-contained classes located in certain elementary, middle, and high schools. Metro School serves the entire system, but it is only for those who are most severely impacted by autism or other disabilities. Quite often the students there have other health issues as well. Most of the students with autism are served in the regular school setting, either in a self-contained class, in a team taught inclusion class, or when possible in the regular education class with modifications. If your child has another label, such as learning disabled, they may be served in an inclusion class or in the regular class with modifications. Charlotte Mecklenburg no longer has cross-categorical resource classes in most schools. If your child is severely academically challenged, he or she will be served in a self-contained SAC class.
The best thing for you to do is to call someone at the Exceptional Chlldrens's Department for the school system. The phone number is 980-343-6960. The secretary is very nice and she can help you figure out which person you need to talk to. Depending on your child's disability, autism, blindness, deafness, behavioral/ emotionally disabled,.... you will speak to a different department head or regional coordinator. If you know which part of town you will be in, that will determine who you will work with as well. Charlotte has regional special education coordinators who handle issues within specific attendance zones. I hope this is helpful.
Nancy Nestor, Autism Society of NC Regional Chapter Support and Development Coordinator