• Asheville City Schools provides special education and related services for eligible children, ages 3 to 21.

    Services are based on individual student needs 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 ensure all students with IEPs are entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).

    We are currently looking for individuals to serve as Surrogate Parents for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.  

    Federal guidelines mandate that ACS have trained individuals to act in the role of parent, if needed, for Individual Education Program Team (IEP) meetings.
    The Exceptional Children Program is actively recruiting individuals.  

    Persons who cannot serve as surrogate parents include:

    • Employees of DSS,
    • Persons who receive a salary from any agency, which serves children (ARC, Mental Health, public schools, etc.),
    • Substitute teachers
    • Employees of group homes
    • Guardian Ad Litem volunteers

    Note:  A guardian ad litem may only serve as the parent if he/she has been appointed by the court or meets the criteria and has been appointed as an educational surrogate by the Local Educational Agency (LEA).




    Thursday, March 21, 2019  10:16:29 AM

  • EC Staff


    Dr. Paula Dowd, Director of Exceptional Children's Services


    Connie Wise, Budget / Data Manager / Admin Asst