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School Psychology Services

Our Mission

School psychologists want to help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. We collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. We work to strengthen connections between home and school.


About School Psychologists

School psychologists are mental health specialists who have advanced graduate degrees with training in both psychology and education. The preparation focuses on child development, the psychology of learning and behavior, curriculum and instruction, and skills in mental health and educational interventions. School psychologists are licensed by the North Carolina Department of Instruction and some may be recognized by the National Association of School Psychologists as Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP).
Within CMS, 70 school psychologists are assigned to two or three schools and serve students from pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. An additional 6 school psychologists serve preschool children from three to five years of age through the Bright Beginnings Program and Exceptional Children (EC) Departments.

Supports Provided by School Psychologists CMS School Psychologists Work with Teachers and School Teams to:

  • Apply the problem-solving process to address academic, behavioral, and social problems early.
  • Assist School Intervention Teams to review student progress toward meeting academic and behavioral goals.
  • Consult with teachers about classroom management and develop class wide or individual plans.
  • Collect and analyze data, as well as, devise behavioral plans for students with significant behavioral and emotional difficulties.
  • Conduct Functional Behavioral Assessments and the development of Behavior Intervention Plans. CMS School Psychologists Provide Assessment Services to Students and Schools to:
  • Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success.
  • Evaluate cognitive abilities, academic skills, and social/emotional functioning.
  • Participate in the special education eligibility process.
  • Suggest interventions to address learning and mental health issues. CMS School Psychologists Provide Mental Health Services to Students to:
  • Reduce the risk for more serious mental health problems.
  • Address a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, anger, grief, and other life circumstances. CMS School Psychologists Provide Services to Families to:
  • Enhance home-school collaboration.
  • Facilitate parent understanding about learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success.
  • Coordinate community support services. CMS School Psychologists Promote Positive School Climates to:
  • Improve academic achievement, graduation rates, student attitudes, and connections in school.
  • Address issues such as bullying, student connectedness, and family engagement.


Resource Links

Cyndi Shaw, School Psychology Specialist
Student Services
Education Center
4421 Stuart Andrew Blvd.
5th Floor
Charlotte, NC 28217
Phone: 980-343-7426
Fax: 980-343-3777
CMS E-mail:
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