Instructional Arrangements/Services

Ferris ISD endeavors to serve students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment which meets their educational needs. The following instructional arrangements/services are available to students in FISD:

  1. MAINSTREAM
    The general education program is accommodated or modified through the use of special education support services, supplemental aids, or other special arrangements in the general classroom setting.
  2. CONTENT MASTERY
    A teacher, or a paraprofessional under the supervision of a teacher, assists the students with disabilities (both 504 & special education) in an alternate classroom setting, depending on individual need.
  3. RESOURCE
    Each student enrolled participates in the general school program and receives the assistance of a special education teacher only in the areas in which a specifically identified learning disability exists.
  4. SELF-CONTAINED (1st - 5th grades)
    Students with disabilities receive instruction in a classroom with other students with disabilities and instruction in mainstream classes in which they can be successful.
  5. EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (ECSE)
    A special education teacher provides instruction to students (ages 3-5) who meet one of the before-mentioned areas of eligibility.
  6. LIFE SKILLS (6th - 12th grades) FUNCTIONAL LIVING AND ACADEMICS/FLA (Kindergarten - 5th grades)
    A special education teacher provides instruction in daily, functional living skills, and academics within the classroom and the community. These students also participate in the regular education program according to their abilities as determined by the ARD Committee.
  7. SPEECH THERAPY
    This service is provided by a speech therapist, speech language pathologist, or speech language pathology assistant to those students who qualify.  Instruction is offered for articulation, voice, stuttering, and language development.
  8. HOMEBOUND PROGRAM
    A teacher provides instruction to eligible students in their homes.  This short-term service enables the student to keep up with assignments and is not intended for minor illnesses.
  9. TRANSITION SERVICES
    This service is a coordinated set of activities for a student with a disability that will prepare the student for successful living and vocational experiences after leaving high school.
  10. ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
    A team of special education professionals assess a student’s need for an assistive device(s) that will enable the student to participate in learning.
  11. ADAPTIVE PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    Students who cannot safely participate in grade level physical education classes are assessed in gross motor skills development and an IEP is developed by the ARD Committee to address these needs.
  12. RELATED SERVICES
    FISD provides occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, behavior management, transportation, audiology, and orientation & mobility to assist students with disabilities in maximizing their educational benefits.
  13. FULL and INDIVIDUAL EVALUATIONS (FIE)
    The FIE is available by appropriate referral to students residing within the Ferris ISD boundaries.  Evaluation personnel serve the schools by administering evaluations, making recommendations for Individual Education Plan (IEP) development, and assisting school staff.