What is the Hospital School?
The Hospital School is one of the schools in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School
(CHCCS) system and is located within the UNC Hospitals complex. Founded in 1965,
the school has grown from a staff o two serving approximately fifty patients to a staff of
sixteen serving over 2000 students annually. Funding for staff, facilities, and materials is
provided by CHCCS, UNC Hospitals and the NC Department of Public
Instruction.Private support for the school is also provided by the Addie Armfield
Education Endowment Fund, established with the Medical Foundation of NC, Inc.
Why is it needed?
The school provides year-round educational services to school age children and
adolescents while they are patients so they will be able to continue their studies with as
little interruption as possible. In a medical setting, school activities can also provide a
degree of normalcy and offer distraction from pain or anxiety.
Is there a cost to attend?
The Hospital School is funded by the tax payers of North Carolina just like any other public school so there are no charges associated with our services.
Where is the school located?
There are two separate locations for the school within the UNC Hospitals complex. The
pediatric component of the school is located on the 7th floor of the Children's Hospital
and the psychiatric component is located on the 2nd floor of the Neurosciences
Hospital. At both locations there are classrooms, offices, and a media center or
computer lab. There is also a classroom in the Cancer Hospital pediatric clinic. Refer the map for directions.
How does the school work?
Although there are classrooms and physical space designated as "school" where
students can "go to school", school often goes to them. When needed, teachers work
with students at bedside or on the patients' units where they are being treated.
How is the school staffed?
The school staff consists of a principal, 12 classroom teachers, a resource coordinator,
a diagnostician, a media specialist, and a school secretary. All faculty members are
state certified and most hold advanced degrees. Employment is through the Chapel Hill
Carrboro City Schools.
How do I visit the school?
The Hospital School has two locations, one in the Neurosciences Building and one in
Women's Hospital. Visitors to the UNC Hospital School should call ahead, (984) 974-9497,
make arrangements with the principal, Nancy Yoder, or the Administrative Assistant, Karen Patillo.