Alleghany County Schools provides special education and related services for eligible children, ages 3 to 21. Services are based on individual student need and present levels of performance. Services are provided through the Individual Education Program (IEP) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). ACS offers successful services and programs throughout the full continuum and across settings. IEP services are integrated with an emphasis on cooperative planning and intervention, research based instructional practices and strategies, access to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, collaboration with general education and parents to assure all students with IEPs are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
The philosophy of the Alleghany County Exceptional Children Program is based on the following principles:
In order to fulfill this philosophy, members of the Alleghany County Schools Exceptional Children Program seek to consistently:
Schools shall maintain an ongoing program to find unserved children who might qualify for special education or Section 504 services. This is known as Child Find. The Child Find mandate applies to all children who reside within a state, including children who attend private schools and public schools, highly mobile children, migrant children, homeless children, and children who are wards of the state. (20 U.S.C. 1412(a)(3)). See Child Find requirements below: