The school’s curriculum is designed to encourage growth in all areas for children with and without special needs, including social emotional, fine motor, early learning, self-help, gross motor, science, technology, math, and communication to reflect the development of the whole child. Frankie Lemmon School is unique in its focus on communication skills and personal independence. It has pioneered a teaching program that utilizes a combination of verbalizations, signs, pictures, symbols, and voice output devices to support children’s communication development. In fact, the school was a leader in the area in adoption of sign language, which enhances children’s ability to communicate while developing verbal skills.

Highly Qualified, Licensed Teachers

A Birth-Kindergarten certified teacher and teacher assistant collaberates to lead each classroom. Most of our teachers hold a Master’s in Education, and further support is provided by part-time assistants and groups of generous, caring volunteers.

1 Teacher : 6 Students

The teacher-to-student ratio at Frankie Lemmon School is 1 teacher for every 6 students or lower. This allows optimal focus on the needs of each child.

Total Communication

All staff members are trained in using Total Communication – sign language, visuals, verbal, and augmentative – to support the development of language, literacy, and communication skills. All classrooms are equipped with iPads, a SMART Board, and other assistive technology.

Family Support

Family School Partnership Days, parent workshops, parent teacher conferences, individual case management, home visits, and school wide celebrations are some of the opportunities we offer to help support families.

Therapy and Enrichment Programs

Full-time speech and occupational therapists are on staff and additional therpists are contracted to provide physical therapies. Enrichment activities such as music therapy, movement class, and pet therapy are offered to all students.


Breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack are provided during the school day at no cost to families. We partner with the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Farm to Childcare initiative to offer fresh and local menu items to our students.

Research shows that children who receive a high-quality early childhood experience:

  • Achieve more and are engaged learners who actively participate in school
  • Lead healthier lives & develop a stronger sense of self
  • Become effective members of their communities
  • Are more confident, independent and successful adults


Private Childcare

Children enrolled in our program whose parents pay tuition have chosen our school for a high quality preschool experience. They recognize the value in our school’s approach to individualizing education based on each child’s needs, strengths, and interests.

Wake County Schools

Children placed through WCPSS have been identified as having special needs and have an Individualized Education Plan to support their development.

NC Pre-K/Smart Start

Children placed through NC Pre-K/Smart Start have been identified as at-risk and are accessing preschool to become prepared for kindergarten.


Children enrolled in our program whose parents pay a supported tuition through the voucher program. They have chosen our school for a high quality preschool experience, recognizing the value in our approach to individualizing based on each child’s needs, strengths, and interests.

Transition to Kindergarten

This program offers parents and children an option to build social, emotional, and communication skills and foster independence for an extra year between preschool and kindergarten.