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Governor Morehead School for the Blind

Established in 1845, Governor Morehead School (GMS) is the eighth oldest school for the blind in the United States. The Governor Morehead School moved to its present location on Ashe Avenue in Raleigh in 1923. Its historic buildings are nestled amidst majestic oaks on a multi-acre campus, a tranquil setting most conducive to learning and social development. It is only a few minutes from downtown Raleigh and is accessible by bus and rail.

The mission of The Governor Morehead School is to successfully educate North Carolina's youth with visual impairments to be productive, independent, confident citizens and life-long learners.  This mission includes the responsibility to assist in the provision of consultative and technical services to other public and private state and national organizations in an effort to meet the needs of the students. Services of the school are supported by state and federal funding and are available at no charge to local school systems, students or families.

GMS is the only state supported school in North Carolina that specializes solely in comprehensive educational and residential programs designed specifically for students with visual impairments.

Admin Building

School Program (K-12)

Girl walking with a cane All grades Kindergarten through twelfth offer full academic, prevocational and independent living programs. Additional instruction is provided that emphasizes interpersonal skills that are necessary to integrate successfully into society. Ongoing training in orientation and mobility, Braille, computer literacy and independent living is available to students in all of the school programs. This combination of services is excellent preparation for those students interested in pursuing post-secondary education, as well as those students interested in pursuing employment opportunities. Additional instruction is provided that emphasizes interpersonal skills that are necessary to integrate successfully into society.

GMS is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a full range of opportunities for the visually impaired student.

Outreach Program

In an effort to provide statewide services to all visually impaired children in North Carolina, GMS has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Department of Public Instruction. Outreach services are available to students with visual impairments as well as to their local educational agencies and to their parents. Services such as consultation, evaluation, in-service and teacher training are a few of the options that are offered without charge.

For more information please contact:
Barbria Bacon, Director
Governor Morehead School
301 Ashe Avenue
Raleigh NC 27606
(919) 733-6382

Last updated January 27, 2010

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Barbria Bacon
Interim Superintendent
919 733-6382
919 715-2206 - FAX
Physical Address:
301 Ashe Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27606
Mailing Address:
2303 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2303