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We seek to provide the least restrictive environment possible for each CNSA student’s education.  In order for various accommodations and/or modifications to be made to a student’s academic and testing program, testing needs to be completed by a certified and qualified pediatrician, psychologist or by a neuro-psychologist. CNSA has a referral procedure in place for such testing and evaluation; please contact our office for more details.

If your pediatrician recommends that your child be tested, often your insurance plan will cover the cost of the testing and evaluation. ​


IEP & 504 Plan Policy

Both Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and 504 plans can offer formal help for public school K–12 students with learning and attention issues.  An IEP is a plan for a child’s special education experience at school, while a 504 Plan is a plan for how a child will have access to learning at school.

If your student has already been tested and evaluated, and you have participated in the creation of a public school IEP or 504 at any time during their schooling (no matter how far back it was created), then CNSA asks that you bring a copy of it to your initial interview consultation. CNSA policy is to honor the accommodations and modifications delineated in these plans in an effort to provide the least restrictive environment possible for each CNSA student and if we are able to offer the services that they need. In some cases, an IEP or 504 has expired and needs to be updated; this can be done through the Education Department. In other cases, the accommodations outlined in an IEP or 504 are no longer needed or needs to modified or re-evaluated for further diagnosis.



After a student has been tested and has been labeled as gifted by a psychologist, appropriate accommodations may/can be made for their gifted abilities. This is accomplished during consultations with students and their parents after diagnostic and/or placement testing has taken place at CNSA.

For example, a 7th grade student who has tested (by an ACT) into the Duke TIP program or a gifted student in 8th grade may begin working on high school credit courses, etc.



The staff at CNSA strives to provide the educational services that all of our students need. In some cases, this means providing accommodations and modifications to an academic program, specifically suited to the academic and cognitive needs of a student.

We work with students who have specific learning disabilities (reading and writing), dysgraphia, dyscalcula, dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, Level 1 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), social disorders, functioning disorders, and more.


Our services include, but are not limited to, the following services:


One-on-One Tutoring

After a student has been diagnosed, we are often able to provide one-on-one tutoring that helps a student to learn, absorb, or motivate through their schoolwork. We have teams of teachers (lead/assistant) that help a student manage their learning environment in order to facilitate the best learning environment for academic progress and success.

We are not able to provide educational services to students with pervasive developmental disorders, Levels 2-3 ASD, etc. at the CNSA campus school at this time.


Helpful Information Links




Article to read: “Parenting Children with LD: From One Parent to Another”





Dyslexia, Dysgraphia & Dyscalculia:



Executive Functioning Disorder:

inability to stay on task, differing from ADHD