Instructional Programs & Services

Applied Academics – Elementary
The Applied Academics class is designed for students eligible for special education in first through fifth grade with moderate to severe intellectual disability, autism and/or other health impairment (OHI) who access the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) through pre-requisite skills in a self-contained program for most of the regular school day.  The primary focus of the program is to emphasize individual language and communication skills, fine and gross motor, cognitive, self-help, and social/emotional skills.  Students participate in general education classes and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to meet their individual educational needs.

Applied Academics – Secondary
The Applied Academics class is designed for students eligible for special education in middle and high school with moderate to severe intellectual disability, autism and/or other health impairment (OHI) who access the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) through pre-requisite skills in a self-contained program for most of the regular school day.  Goals and objectives are targeted to enable students to increase their independent and functional skills, and to successfully transition to post-secondary environments.

Communication Skills Class
The Communication Skills Class is designed to address the unique needs of eligible students with autism 3 years of age through fifth grade who demonstrate no functional means of communication.  The direct teaching method utilized emphasizes individual language and communication skills, as well as fine and gross motor, cognitive, self- help, and social/emotional skills. Students participate in general education classrooms and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to meet their individual educational needs.

Content Mastery/Resource – Elementary
The Content Mastery (CM) and Resource programs at the elementary level provide academic support to students from kindergarten through 5th grade. Services are available on all campuses and are provided at three levels:  Content Mastery Level 1, Content Mastery Level 2, and Resource.

Content Mastery Level 1:  Students requiring services at CM Level 1 receive all of their instruction in the general education classroom with limited in-class support provided by the special education teacher or paraprofessional.

Content Mastery Level 2:    Students requiring services at this level receive all of their instruction in the general education classroom with content mastery services providing intervention for specific skill deficits.  Students receiving services through CM level 2 have a scheduled pull out time for prescriptive direct instruction by the Content Mastery teacher in reading, writing, and/or mathematics in addition to their general education instruction in that content area.

Resource:  The resource program provides instruction in the special education classroom in the deficit content area (reading, writing, and/or mathematics) for students who require modifications to grade level content.

Developmental Class
The Developmental Class is designed for students who are eligible for special education due to a severe and profound intellectual disability who access the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) through pre-requisite skills in a self-contained program for most of the school day.  The program serves students starting at age three with emphasis on improving developmental, communication, social, pre-vocational, and functional life skills that will facilitate independent living as the student matures into adulthood.  Students participate in general education classrooms and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to meet their individual educational needs.

Functional Skills Workshop      
Functional Skills Workshop (FSW) is designed for students in special education 18-21 years of age who benefit from daily living and vocational training experiences.  The FSW will prepare students to be as independent as possible in post-secondary environments.

Fundamental Class
Fundamental classes at the secondary level provide modified content aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) to meet the individual academic goals of students with disabilities and to increase their academic competence.  High school offers fundamental classes in English, reading, algebra, geometry, and math models.  Middle school offers fundamental classes in language arts, reading and math in middle school.

Homebound
Homebound placement provides instruction in the home to students who are unable to attend school for an extended period of time (four weeks or more during a school year) due to a serious accident, chronic illness, or a non-contagious disease as documented by a licensed physician. Extracurricular activities and/or employment shall cease until the student returns to school.

Modified Academics Class (MAC)
The Modified Academics Class (MAC) is a structured program based for students who access the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) through pre-requisite skills in all academic areas.  The MAC class is designed for students eligible for special education services due to mild to moderate intellectual disability, autism, or other health impairment (OHI).

The MAC program is developed to meet the individual educational needs of students with disabilities with an emphasis on socialization, vocational/pre-vocational, and functional academic skills that will facilitate independent living as the student matures into adulthood.

Moving On Up
Moving On Up (MOU) is a community based program in which students participate in volunteer opportunities, supported employment, and activities of daily living.  MOU serves students 18-21 years of age in special education. Students utilize public and district transportation for their daily activities.  They learn to access the community safely and effectively, purchase items that meet their needs, interact with non-disabled peers, and participate in recreational activities.

On the Job Training (OJT)
On the Job Training (OJT) places students receiving special education services in competitive paid employment with regularly scheduled direct involvement by special education personnel in the implementation of the student’s IEP.  This instructional arrangement shall be used in conjunction with the student’s individual transition plan where competitive paid employment is the post-secondary goal.

Pre-school Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
The Pre-school Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) is designed to meet the unique needs of young children ages 3 through 5 years of age who meet special education eligibility criteria.

The PPCD program provides children with developmentally appropriate experiences to facilitate learning and improve skills in the following areas: communication, social/emotional, fine and gross motor, cognition, and self-help.  PPCD offers a range of services that may include walk-in speech therapy, PPCD 3-4, and PPCD-K.

Three and four-year-old students eligible for the PPCD 3-4 classroom are typically served in a half-day program five days per week.  Eligible students who turn five years old by September 1st are served in the PPCD-Kindergarten classroom.  They may also participate in general education Kindergarten classrooms and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to meet their individual educational needs.

Positive Attitude for Success (PAS)
The Positive Attitude for Success Program (PAS) is a structured behavior intervention program for students who meet special education eligibility criteria and have emotional and/or behavioral challenges.  The program utilizes small group and individualized instruction, and the curriculum is aligned with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).  Students are taught specific social and behavior management skills to promote academic, behavioral, and social success.

Support Center
The Support Center is a structured program based for students who access the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) through pre-requisite skills.  The Support Center class is designed for students in grades first through fifth eligible for special education due to mild to moderate intellectual disability, autism or other health impairment (OHI) who require a self-contained placement more than 50% of the regular school day.

The program meets the individual educational needs of students with an emphasis on functional academic, communication, pre-vocational, and social skills that will facilitate independent living as the student matures into adulthood.  Students participate in general education classrooms and activities to the maximum extent appropriate to meet their individual educational needs.

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