Exceptional Children

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Welcome to Exceptional Children Services


    The Guilford County Schools' Exceptional Children Services works as a collaborative team to serve and advocate for students with disabilities through the provision of personalized instruction in the least restrictive environment in order for students to develop cognitively, socially, vocationally and emotionally. 

     Exceptional Children Services, also called special education, is defined as:

    • Specially designed instruction designed to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability
    • Access to the general curriculum and intervention programs are designed to provide maximum opportunities for instruction in the general education setting.
    • Full continuum of service
    • Curriculum driven instruction using the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and the North Carolina Extended Content Standards
    • Related services that include but are not limited to speech, occupational and physical therapy


  • 134 Franklin Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27401

    Phone: (336)370-2323

    Fax: (336)370-2326


    Tara Santiago - santiat@gcsnc.com

    Senior Executive Director of Exceptional Children Services



    Director, EC Secondary School Support


    Kristy Peralta - peraltk@gcsnc.com

    Supervisor, EC Secondary School Support


    Fonda Curtis - curtisf@gcsnc.com

    Director, EC Elementary School Support


    Stephanie Ruffin - ruffins@gcsnc.com

    Supervisor, EC Elementary School Support



    Exceptional Children Preschool Services (EC PreK)

    1401 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405

    Phone: (336)294-7473

    Fax: (336)378-4445


    Debika Dillard - dillard@gcsnc.com

    Director, EC Pre-K


  • The EC Parent Liaison is available to answer questions and help parents navigate Guilford County Schools and the special education process.

    If you have any questions, please contact Jacqui Hawkins at hawkinj@gcsnc.com


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