Department of Programs for Exceptional Children

  • Mission Statement: Kannapolis City Schools Department of Exceptional Children builds relationships with students and their families, staff, and our community to provide individualized instruction to achieve academic growth, while building social and emotional skills that results in students becoming self-advocates and active members in the community.  

     

    We are all wonderfully made.

  • Goals of the Department

    • Kannapolis City Schools will provide the resources necessary to provide specialized instruction for all children identified under IDEA.
    • Kannapolis City Schools will intervene as early as possible and provide supports so that the child will be successful in school.
    • Kannapolis City Schools will provide professional development opportunities for staff to grow and improve services provided for students with disabilities. 
    • Kannapolis City Schools will locate, evaluate, and identify all students in need of specially designed instruction. 
    • Kannapolis City Schools will provide ongoing progress monitoring for students and teachers in meeting the goals established through Individual Education Plans and our LEA Self-Assessment.
    • Kannapolis City Schools will provide academic and emotional support so that every student identified with a disability will graduate and become productive citizens within the community. 
  • Colorful hands on a tree Each and Every Student Succeeds.

    Kannapolis City Schools Department of Exceptional Children provides a full continuum of services in accordance to IDEA.                              

    • Kannapolis City Schools provides and array of related services to all students who are eligible on a weekly/daily basis to include:

                  Occupational Therapy

                  Physical Therapy

                  Speech Language Therapy 

                  Adapted Physical Education 

                  Psychological Services 

                  Behavior Support

    • Kannapolis City Schools has a functioning Autism Problem-Solving team.                                                                                                                                                                     
  • Department Awards

    • KCS is a recipient of the NCSIP grant as a Network site. NCSIP Grant ~ 2010-11 through present day.
    • Teachers serving grades K-8 (General and Special Education) are trained in Reading Research in the Classroom Practice (RRiCP).

    Individual Awards

    • 2011 Teacher of the Year for Kannapolis City Schools- Krista Chapman
    • NC Teacher of Excellence 2015-16- Ashley Thornbrew
    • NC Teacher of Excellence 2016-17- Kristin Heinzl
    • NC Teacher of Excellence 2017-18- Christine Anderson
    • NC Teacher of Excellence 2018-19- Angie Beck