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Exceptional Children’s Program

ArtSpace Charter School provides Exceptional Children’s services to qualifying children with disabilities who require assistance to benefit from the regular school program.  The Exceptional Children’s program at ArtSpace strives to serve each child with a disability in the regular classroom using an inclusion model to the greatest extent possible.  ArtSpace also provides a full continuum of support for students who need more intensive support to access the curriculum.

Child Find

ArtSpace Charter School follows all state and federal regulations governing locating and identifying children with disabilities who are in need of special education services and related services. This effort also includes highly mobile children with disabilities (such as a migrant and homeless children) and children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education and informing parents and or guardians of the Child Find Process and the services available from ArtSpace Charter School, local school systems, and other state and community agencies. The EC coordinator and EC staff assist with communication between home, school, and community services.

NC Departments of Public Instruction Child Find Posters are posted on the Community Board in the main lobby and brochures are available in the main office. For more information, contact Lucy Sawyer.


Special Education Services

ArtSpace develops and implements Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students eligible for services to ensure every student has free and appropriate access to education. The program includes related services such as occupational and speech therapy when deemed necessary by the child’s IEP team.

Parents of students with identified disabilities should contact the EC Program Coordinator, Lucy Sawyer (gro.retrahcecapstranull@reywas.ycul) upon enrollment.

Parents who suspect their child may have a disability may contact Lucy Sawyer (gro.retrahcecapstranull@reywas.ycul) or their child’s Homeroom teacher to request further evaluation.

Parent Resources:

Academic support:

Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education: https://drive.google.cohttp://www.ecac-parentcenter.org/


Family Support Network:




Teaching Staff

Name Phone Ext. Title
Betsy Homan 635 EC Teacher, 7th and 8th Grade
Lucy Sawyer 305 Director of Grades 5-8 and Exceptional Children Program Director
Michael Barfield 638 Physical Education Specialist and Exceptional Children’s Assistant
Dede Keasler 306 Exceptional Children’s Teacher Grades K-3
Rob Sine 7, Student Support Coordinator
Eric Florence 613 Exceptional Children's Teacher/Intensive Intervention Classroom
Amy McDuffie 603 Student Support Coordinator
Tara Reese 633 Exception Children's Teaching Assistant
Jake Ware 624 Exceptional Children’s Teaching Assistant Grades 6-8
Hal Smith 618 Exceptional Children’s Teaching Assistant
Terri Fletcher-Frye 627 Exceptional Children's Teacher Grades 4-5
Beth Watman 629 Speech Language Pathologist

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This Week @ ArtSpace – September 18, 2017

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This Week @ ArtSpace – September 11, 2017

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