The Special Programs Department offers numerous programs and classes to serve students with special needs.
Behavior Support Intervention
In a BSI class, students with disabilities may receive instruction on a full-day or part-day basis from special education teacher(s) and related service personnel. Integration from the self-contained class into regular aspects of the school curriculum is available and achieved according to the student's strengths or needs and as specified in the IEP.
The BSI class is initially a more restrictive learning environment for students with serious emotional or behavior disorders manifested through. . .
- violent and disruptive behavior
- harming self or others
- and the display of such behavior over a long period of time
The typical positive behavior interventions used in less restrictive environments have not been effective with students placed by ARD/IEP committees in BSI classes. Therefore, each student in the program has a specially designed Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP), which has been constructed with input from psychological services staff.
Dyslexia classes are offered for students identified with dyslexia, either through special education or through Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Instruction at the elementary and middle school level is done through pull-outs. Instruction at the junior high and high school may replace the regular reading class or be in addition to a regular reading class if taken as an elective.
The Dyslexia Program uses individualized, intensive, multisensory methods that contain reading, writing and spelling components.
The Homebound Program serves students who have a chronic or acute medical condition that prohibits school attendance. The period of confinement is a minimum of four consecutive weeks, as documented by a licensed physician.
In-class support is offered in designated academic areas and consists of a special education teacher/paraprofessional working within the general education classroom to support special education students. In-class support personnel may assist with accommodations and with reteaching of concepts.
Students served through in-class support typically are able to participate successfully in the general education curriculum at grade level without modification to the TEKS. Most often, students who receive services in this model have demonstrated some competencies in self-help, organization and study skills.
In-class support provides the monitoring/implementation of accommodations that students need to be successful, while allowing them to benefit from participation in the general education curriculum.
Inclusion support is offered in designated academic areas and consists of a special education teacher/paraprofessional consulting with the general education teacher to assist in implementing individual educational plans and/or modifications within the general education classroom. Based on the needs of the student, this support may be indirect, through consultation with the general education teacher, or direct, with the teacher/paraprofessional working directly with the student in the classroom.
Life Skills Classes
Life Skills classes serve mildly to severely developmentally-delayed students. Students served through Life Skills classes typically have delays in social, communication, academic, independent-functioning and/or self-help skills. Student-to-staff ratios in these classes are generally small and relate directly to the needs of the individual students.
Life Skills classes are offered at every campus with the exception of PACE and Turner High School.
Preschool Programs for Students with Disabilities (PPCD) classes serve the needs of mildly to severely developmentally-delayed preschool students who are ages 3, 4 and those who turn 5 during the school year. PPCD classes are offered for a half-day (unless ARD committee determines otherwise), which is commensurate with non-disabled peers.
PPCD classes are designed to help students develop communication, social, pre-academic, self-help and fine/gross motor skills. Student-to-staff ratios in these classes are generally small and relate directly to the needs of the students.
PPCD classes are offered at C.J. Harris, Challenger, Rustic Oak, Magnolia, Massey Ranch, and Silvercrest elementary schools.
Resource is a pull-out service offered in the student’s disability area. Students placed in resource classes work on specific individualized educational goals and objectives developed by the admission, review and dismissal (ARD) committee.
Most often, students in resource classes cannot successfully participate in general education curriculum at grade level because of severe learning difficulties. These classes allow students to progress through the curriculum at their own level and pace.