Special Populations

The Department of Special Populations directly oversees and/or assists with the administration, coordination, and implementation of a variety of school district programs and initiatives for students with disabilities. These FISD programs include:

  • Special Education services
  • Section 504 services
  • Dyslexia services

The Department of Special Populations provides instructional services and support for students throughout Ferris ISD. To effectively lead, support, and coordinate the variety of programs, Special Populations staff work with district staff, administrators, directors, principals, teachers, parents, and students as appropriate.

Students who receive special education services in Ferris ISD who do not perform satisfactorily on state assessment in 5th grade, 8th grade, or on an EOC, must be awarded an ARD committee meeting prior to the second administration to develop an Accelerated Instruction Plan and consider the need for a second administration of the assessment.  The committee may promote the student to the next level if the student has made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals in the student’s IEP.  If you have questions concerning these new guidelines per HB 657, please contact Dr. Kevin Dixon, Director of Special Education, at 972-544-3858. 


Dr. Kevin Dixon
Director of Special Populations

Deeann Castillo
Special Programs Coordinator

Josie Cuellar
Administrative Assistant


301 E 5th St, Ferris, TX 75125
Phone: 972-544-3858
Fax: 972-544-2784