County Schools Administration Building
Phone (910) 254-4445 Fax (910) 254-4446
The mission of New Hanover County Schools, in collaboration with our parents and the community, is to strive to provide children an excellent education in a safe and positive learning environment where they are prepared with the critical skills to reach their full potential for a world yet to be imagined.
"Reach, Equip, Achieve"
Students with disabilities in New Hanover County Schools are
provided special education and related services with this
mission in mind. The services are based on the individual
educational need for specially designed instruction when
standard instruction with accommodation is not appropriate. The
services emphasize maximum participation in typical settings for
students three through twenty-one years of age.
Parents of students with disabilities are offered a full array
of procedural safeguards to insure development of quality
services for their children. For more information about these
safeguards, please request the New Hanover County Schools
Special Education and Related Services Parents’ Rights Handbook.
Mediation and consensus are the preferred approaches to a
positive resolution of differences.
Access to services depends on whether a student has a disability and whether that disability requires specially designed instruction. Insuring student success in the standard educational program through instructional modifications is preferable. If your child is not experiencing success in his current school program, ask your principal about an Intervention Plan for Student Success.
I am moving to New Hanover County and my child received special education in another system. How do I access services?
Present your child’s records including IEP and evaluation information to the school that the students in your new neighborhood attend. The school will make every effort to implement your child’s previous program at that school. This will be determined through a meeting with you. Sometimes, the services students need are complex and require time to set up. Please give the school as much time as possible to plan the most appropriate program for your child.
I believe the services needed by my child could be better delivered at a school other than the school my neighborhood attends. How do I transfer schools?
Every effort will be made to make IEP services available to your child at the school your neighborhood attends. This will not always be possible for a variety of reasons. If New Hanover County Schools concurs with your belief, it will propose another school site to you. Families also have a variety of school assignment options under various programs such as open enrollment, magnet/year round schools, and reassignment due to hardship. Please contact the Assistant Superintendent for Student Support at (910) 254-4206 for more information on these options.