Curriculum :: Special Education
Georgetown ISD provides special education services to children
with disabilities to meet their unique needs. These educational
programs are provided in a variety of settings, including a typical classroom,
a content mastery classroom, a special campus placement, the student's
home, or a hospital setting. Students must be identified as in need
of special education through a referral and evaluation process.
In to academic programs, the district also provides related services including
transportation, speech therapy, occupational and physical therapy, adaptive
physical education, individual or group counseling, and a work-study program.
To qualify for special education, students
must have been evaluated in accordance with the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, and have a disability such
as the following:
- speech or language impairment
- hearing impairment including deafness
- visual impairment including blindness
- orthopedic impairment
- traumatic head injury
- serious emotional disturbance
- mental retardation
- another health impairment
- a specific learning disability
- multiple disabilities
Special education is offered at no
cost to parents to meet the needs of a child with a disability,
including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home,
in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings, and instruction
in physical education.
The instruction offered through special
education has been changed in content, methodology, or delivery
of instruction to address the unique needs of a child that will
result from that child's disability and to ensure access of the
child to the general curriculum, so that he or she can meet the
educational standards within the jurisdiction of the public agency
that apply to all children.
Special Education services are available to eligible children
within the Georgetown Independent School District. The student must be between
the ages of 3 and 21 with a documented handicap and an educational need that
requires special education. Children with visual and/or auditory impairments
may be eligible at birth. A variety of placement options are available if
found eligible after a full and individual evaluation. For children ages 3-5
or placed in a private or home school, please contact the Childfind Coordinator, Ina Glenn, at 943-6812. For school-aged students attending
a GISD school, contact the campus Counselor.
Continuum of Placements
Special education services are provided in a variety of
instructional settings. Instructional settings are based on the
percentage of time or number of periods that the student receives direct,
regularly scheduled special education services as required by the Individual
Educational Plan (IEP), and not on the student's disability. Instructional
arrangements include the following options:
1. No Instructional Setting - When a special education setting is not appropriate, but
special services are required, such as speech therapy or special
2. Mainstream - For students
whose instruction and related services are provided in the regular
education classroom with special education support.
3. Resource Room - For
eligible students who need special education instruction and related
services in a setting other than regular education for less than
50% of the student's day. This includes Content Mastery
services that serve students with and without disabilities.
4. Self-Contained Classroom - For students who need special education instruction and related
services for 50% or more of the student's school day on the regular
5. Vocational Adjustment Class - For students who are placed on a job with regularly scheduled
supervision by special education teachers. This applies
to full- or part-time job training/employment, as documented in
a student's IEP.
6. Homebound - For eligible
students who are served at home or hospital bedside. Students
served on a homebound or hospital bedside basis are expected to
be confined for a minimum of four consecutive weeks as documented
by a physician.
Other possible instructional arrangements
included in the IEP continuum of placements include:
7. Hospital Class - For
students in a classroom in a hospital facility or an approved
residential care and treatment facility not operated by the school
district. This includes residential students at the Lott
Detention Center and the Williamson County Academy.
8. State School for Persons
with Mental Retardation - For students who currently reside
at a state school.
9. Residential Care and Treatment
Facility - For non-school district students who reside in
approved care and treatment facilities within school district
boundaries, but whose parents do not reside within the boundaries
of the school district. This includes students living in
licensed foster homes.
Georgetown ISD has established programs which provide
structure and specialized curriculum to students with specific needs.
These students must be identified as children eligible for special education
and must require one of these settings as determined by the Admission,
Review, and Dismissal (ARD) committee.
Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)
Campuses: Annie Purl Elementary/Village Elementary
program serves pre-school-aged children with disabilities.
PPCD services are geared to children 3-5 years of age that have a
disability and need special education services. This program
provides early intervention in the areas of language development,
readiness skills, social interactions, and other developmental/therapy
Originated Academic Responsibility (SOAR)
Campuses: Village, Benold, Tippit, Forbes, EVHS, GHS
for special education students whose primary need is to gain control
of their own behavior (which is not necessarily primarily driven
by emotional disturbance.) Students who may benefit from
the unit are: students who have mild, moderate, or severe
emotional disturbance, but who are more behaviorally than emotionally
disturbed; students who have neurological or neuropsychological
deficits of a strong nature which makes it difficult for them
to control their behavior; and other special education students
with significant behavioral difficulties. The program is specifically
designed to provide a comprehensive academic/therapeutic setting
for those students unable to function successfully on a full time
basis in regular or other special education programs. Goals
for the program are development of school adaptability, behavioral
control, social skills, and appropriate handling of crisis situations.
Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI)
Based programs provide academic and vocational skills
to students that require specialized curriculum, small group and
individual instruction, functional skills training, community-based
instruction, and intensive transition services in order to achieve
Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD)
is a program funded and supervised through the Educational Service
Center. The program is considered a regional program and
is within school in the region. The northern zone cluster
sites are in Round Rock ISD for those who need direct services
of a sign language interpreter or a lot of support from an AI
teacher. The program is for students who have been identified
as severely hearing impaired who warrant:
Goals for all students include building
communication and language skills in order to return to the home
district, home campus, or less restrictive settings with an interpreter.
Special Education :: Staff Directory
The following are key special education staff contacts for
For more information about special education services,
contact your campus Special Ed Assessment staff person, or:
Director of Special Education
Georgetown Independent School District
603 Lakeway Drive, Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: (512) 943-5008