• Welcome to Exceptional Children

  • North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division


    The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment.

    If you are new to Ashe County and have questions about special education, please contact Terry Richardson, EC Director via email at terry.richardson@ashe.k12.nc.us or phone 336-846-3221.

    In order to make your student’s transition into Ashe County go smoothly, it is very important to provide your student’s new school copies of the following information during registration:

    • Most recent psychoeducational report, eligibility, evaluation and/or reevaluation report;
    • Current individualized education program (IEP); and
    • Contact information for your student’s previous school and school district.

    These items will support a successful transition between your student’s old and new school and will ensure that appropriate services and supports are made available.

    What to Expect

    For out of state students:

    Once you have shared your student’s special education records, school staff will invite you to a meeting to discuss comparable services, or services similar to or the same as, provided on your student’s most recent IEP. During the meeting, school staff will also describe the initial eligibility process that occurs when students move from out of state and the timeline in which an initial North Carolina (NC) IEP will be developed.

    For in state students but new to Ashe County:

    School staff will begin implementing your student’s current NC on their first day of school. An invitation to review and revise your student’s IEP may be scheduled. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss your student’s transition to a new school and to determine if any adjustments to the services and supports currently being provided are needed.