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Exceptional Children

Why is Catawba County Schools a Good Fit for Exceptional Children?

We are dedicated to making education better and more inclusive for students with disabilities. Our mission is to offer Exceptional Children successful educational experiences in the least restrictive environment that fosters positive academic and functional outcomes. 

Our school district is large enough to provide a variety of specialized programs and services, yet small enough to promote collaborative relationships with students, staff, parents, and community partners. Services for students with disabilities are offered in every school in our district, while a variety of specialized programs are available in select schools. 

Here are 5 excellent reasons to choose CCS:


To qualify for EC/special education services, your student must meet the criteria set by North Carolina Policies Governing Services for Students with Disabilities  for one or more of the 14 defined disability conditions. Additionally, that condition must have an adverse impact on academic and/or functional educational performance and require special education services. 

View 14 Defined Disability Conditions

Disability Specific Resources

Project Child Find

Flyer of services for birth-3 years


👉 District Contact

Dr. Amy Ashbrook

Director, Exceptional Children

p. 828.464.8333
f. 828.465.0216


Tara Killian

Assistant Director, Exceptional Children

p. 828.464.8333
f. 828.465.0216


Why Work for Catawba County Schools' Exceptional Children's Department?

Check out one of our many outstanding EC Departments, featured on WCNC TV, Charlotte!