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Functional Skills classrooms incorporate a variety of evidence-based teaching strategies and specialized curricula to support students with significant cognitive disabilities in developing functional academic, social, and independent living skills. These students typically require continuous support throughout the day provided by special education staff. Students in the Functional Skills classroom follow the NC Extended Content Standards and engage in a variety of community-based learning experiences to support transitional goals and independence.

In high school, students in Functional Skills classes utilize a Practical Assessment Exploration System (PAES) Lab, which is a comprehensive data-driven curriculum that provides assistance with determining a student’s career/vocational strengths, training and basic career & life skills, exploration through hands-on experiences, simulations of a work environment that allows staff to assess and address behaviors that may cause barriers to a competitive working environment, and assessment of the student’s ability to work, interests in specific types of work and the type of support an individual would potentially need in the workplace.

Curriculum: NC Extended Content Standards

  • Instruction based on extensions of grade level Common Core State Standards

Supplemental Curriculum Resources (Middle & High):

  • Teaching to the Standards – Math
  • Teaching to the Standards – Science
  • Teaching to the Standards – English Language Arts
  • Equals Math Curriculum
  • News 2 You – Theme-based curriculum on current events that encompasses all content areas
  • Edmark – English Language Arts
  • Microcomputer Evaluation of Careers & Academics (MECA) - Vocational skills



When considering a change in educational placement that requires a move to a more restrictive ennironment, all data will be reviewed at the Central Service level prior to any changes taking place.


Middle School Functional Skills Classrooms

Archdale-Trinity Middle School

Randleman Middle School

Southeastern Randolph Middle School

Southwestern Randolph Middle School

High School Functional Skills Classrooms

Providence Grove High School

Randleman High School

Southwestern Randolph High School

Wheatmore High School


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