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

     Services are based on individual student needs and present levels of performance. Specially designed instruction is based on the student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) and provided in their Least Restrictive Environment (LRE). IEPs are implemented using  research-based instructional practices and strategies. Special education teachers work in collaboration with general education teachers 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.  

    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).




    Friday, July 19, 2019  4:04:08 AM

  • Exceptional Children Services

    Paula Dowd, Ed D

    Director of Exceptional Children

    (828) 350 - 6128


    Connie Wise, 

    (828) 350 - 6129




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