Student Support Services

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Pine Lake Preparatory is a public charter school that meets the needs of all students that are registered to attend classes. Pine Lake Preparatory offers services that are comparable to that of your local public school systems, including related services. Pine Lake Prep services the student in the least restrictive environment that is possible for your child.  Pine Lake Preparatory has a diverse staff of EC professionals that are able to provide your child with the individual support they need to be successful.  If you have any questions about your child and their potential status as an EC student, please contact: 


Luke Ruggieri (
EC Director

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The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment. 


Parent Rights and Responsibilities in Special Education Handbook
This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and responsibilities specific to the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources can be found in the appendices. 

If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and is in need of special education and/or related services, you may request an evaluation, in writing, to your student's school principal, teacher, or a member of PLP's EC Department. 




Project Child Find

What is Project Child Find? 
An effort coordinated by your local school system and the Exceptional Child Division, State Department of Public Instruction, to: 

  • Locate and identify children and youth ages birth through 21 with disabilities who are in need of special education and related services. 
  • Inform parents and/or guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies. 

Who Are the Children? 
Children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance. 

What Help is Available? 

  • A complete evaluation, and if appropriate: 
  • An Individualized Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age three, 
  • An Individual Family Service Plan for each child with a disability birth through 2, or 
  • A referral to other agencies when needed. 
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For further information regarding Child Find or if you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and/or related services, please contact a member of the EC team listed below. 

Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) for Families
What is NC MTSS? 
Family engagement within an MTSS is defined as the active and meaningful partnerships that educators build and maintain with students' families for the purpose of supporting student learning. It embodies the idea that all parties are equally invested in the student's educational experience and all parties bring knowledge and skills of equal value to the table to work together. This linked infographic is intended to support NC families in understanding what NC educators are referring to when they are talking about an MTSS.
What is "support"?
NC schools that are implementing an MTSS may talk about support for students. To further define that support, NC organizes these supports around the instruction, the curriculum, and the environment. This linked infographic is intended to promote understanding and conversations around how school teams are providing these supports to all, some, and a few students based on needs.

Child Services Team Contacts

Kimberlee Strickfaden, Student Support Services Coordinator
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Section 504 Plan Coordinator Contacts

Laura Finney,  Lower School Counselor

Jecolia White,  Middle School Counselor

Dana Catchpole,  Upper School Counselor


Exceptional Children’s Department Contacts

Luke Ruggieri,  EC Director

Christine Bezer Lower School EC Lead

Grace Gonzalez Middle School EC Lead

Heather McLeod Upper School EC Lead