Waco ISD is committed to educating students in the least restrictive environment. General education curriculum is the foundation for all instructional programs, and planning for a student’s special education program begins on the neighborhood campus. The Full and Individual Evaluation, along with current information regarding present levels of academic achievement and functional performance form the basis for decision-making by the Admission Review and Dismissal (ARD/IEP) Committee who determine specific services needed on an individual basis.
A full continuum of instructional and related services is available to eligible students, with initial consideration given to provision of services in the general education classroom to the greatest extent possible. Students spend varying amounts of time in general education and special education settings, depending upon their specific needs. Special education instructional services are available on every campus, as well as, district-wide instructional / related services. Neighborhood campus services may include full-time placement in a general education classroom and/or pull-out services in a special education classroom. Services are individually determined for each student based on instructional environments that will ensure educational benefit. A high percentage of students receiving special education services attend their home campus.