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Old 06-04-2012, 11:14 AM
 
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We are relocating to Charlotte and have a child who is both academically precocious and has special needs. What are the best education options in the area? The public school system in the area seems to have a mediocre rep, but the private schools apparently all cater to typically developing kids. We need an integrated, enlightened, judgment-free environment that would nurture the child's intellectual potential while providing the requisite remedial services. Any suggestions are much appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:26 AM
 
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Not sure as to what area of Charlotte you plan to relocate.
You should look into Fletcher. It is a private school for special needs children.
Also, private schools such as Carmel Christian School has an ARRC program(learning resource program) for children that are behind grade level or have difficulty keeping up in class.
Good luck
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Old 06-04-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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Many thanks for this. Looks like Fletcher is not a good fit based on the criteria articulated on their website.

Are there any schools that offer integrated environments, e.g., where a child is pulled out of classroom for additional services? Are there any integrated preschool programs in the area, whether public or private? Again any insights will be very much appreciated.
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Old 06-04-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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There are several religious based schools in Charlotte.
Carmel Christian's ARRC program pulls the child from the "larger" classroom to an ARRC classroom. Either for math, language arts or both. Plus, depending on your ARRC package they will also get 1 on 1 sessions with the education specialist for math and language arts.
United Faith Academy would contract with an education specialist that you would pay privately for IEP's etc..United Faith is a very small private school.
Metrolina Christian, I believe, also has some sort of learning resource program but they are located in Indian Trail which was a bit to far for us.
In our research for one of our children Carmel Christian was what our oldest needs as far as the ARRC program. He is an average student but just needs that boost of specialized help along with extra time to finish assignments. It is not cheap for the ARRC program and it has many different levels with different price tags. But we have heard that it is well worth it and most likely it would not be needed for the rest of his school career. We are probably looking at the ARRC program for our particular situation for 3 years.
We had to have him tested academically as to what his strengths and weaknesses were and which ARRC program he needs.
I'm not sure about other private schools or public but it's worth doing your research.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:16 PM
 
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Thanks! In your situation, has the state stepped up to any of this? Evaluation, treatment, IEPs... Or did you choose not to go that route, and if that's the case, would you mind sharing why?
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Old 06-05-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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Thanks! In your situation, has the state stepped up to any of this? Evaluation, treatment, IEPs... Or did you choose not to go that route, and if that's the case, would you mind sharing why?
We paid privately for all his testing. I am going to send you a direct message about our experience.
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:48 PM
 
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I too am looking to move to Charlotte NC with a 6 year old special needs child that is globally and physically delayed. She needs all therapies. she is far less functioning than a child of her normal age. Are their schools that intergrate such children into their school districts or do district co-op the kids into private schools? Basically ship them off to institutional based programs. Or are their "lifeskills" programs in Charlotte or NC in general for children like mine?
Anyone know?
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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There are a variety of special education programs in CMS. The SAC classes ( Specialized Alternative Curriculum- I think that's what it stands for) are self-contained classes for students with significantly below average cognitive skills. They are placed in regular schools. Some of the higher-functioning students attend some regular classes. There is also Metro school which is a special school for the more severely disabled students. Many students in both programs recieve additional therapies - such as speech, OT, and PT. The best thing to do would be to call the Exceptional Children's department and talk to someone.
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