Special Education Continuum of Services

  • Mainstream/Inclusion

    Mainstream is an instructional arrangement for providing special education and related services to a student in the general education classroom in accordance with the student's IEP. Qualified special education personnel are involved in the implementation of the student's IEP through indirect and/or support services to the student and the student's general education teacher(s). (K-12 Grades)

    This is available on all CISD campuses.


    Co-teaching is two or more certified instructors sharing responsibility for teaching some or all of the students assigned to a classroom. It involves the distribution of responsibility among instructors for planning, instruction, and evaluation for a classroom of students. Co-teaching is a creative way to connect with and support others to help all children learn while making schools more effective.

    This is available on all CISD campuses.

    Content Mastery

    Content Mastery is a support service for students in special education who receive their primary instruction in the general education setting. These students benefit from direct instruction in the content area, but need some pull-out special education support services. (K-12 Grades)

    This is available on all CISD campuses.


    Resource classes are for students who need direct instruction from a special education teacher in specific content areas in a special education setting for less than 50% of the school day. (K-12 Grades)

    This is available on all CISD campuses.

    Active Learning

    Active Learning is a specialized program that assists students in developing communication, self-help, and functional living skills in order to attain maximum independence involving students directly and actively in the learning process itself. (K-12)

    This is currently located at Lee Elementary, CMS West, and Coppell High School.

    Personal & Academic Growth (PAG)

    PAG provides an intense level of intervention in a controlled and restrictive setting using an individualized array of interventions to provide a supportive environment that includes academic and instructional support to students with behavioral and/or emotional needs. Programming for each student is unique to their specific needs and behavior plans. (K-12 Grades)

    This is currently located at Pinkerton Elementary, CMS North, and Coppell High School.

    Practical Academics

    Practical Academics is a specialized program for students who need a more functional academic curriculum. The curriculum may include independent living skills, social skills, and pre-vocational skills. (Grades K-5)

    This is currently located at Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Lee Elementary, Town Center Elementary and Wilson Elementary.

    Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD)

    PPCD is an instructional program delivered in a variety of placement options for children, ages 3-5, who receive special education and related services.

    This is currently located at Austin Elementary.

    Structured Learning (SL)

    The Structured Learning Class is designed for students who need a more supervised environment and direct instruction than students in less restrictive settings. Instruction will focus on individual goals/objective in all areas through the use of the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).  The learning environment is structured to intentionally teach academics integrated with critical skills such as communication, self-help skills, and socialization throughout the day.  Hands-on activities and opportunities for repeated practice and generalization assist these students to gain meaningful and functional skills that will help them to be as independent as possible.

    (Grades K-12)

    This is currently located at Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Denton Creek Elementary, Mockingbird Elementary, Valley Ranch Elementary, CMS East, CMS North, and Coppell High School.

    Transitional Pathways (TP)

    Transitional Pathways is a specialized program for students at the middle school and high school levels focused on creating opportunities for all learners to achieve maximum levels of personal independence.

    Components of transition provide the foundation in the development of a coordinated set of activities which may include, but not be limited to providing learners in special education continuous educational and vocational experiences; promotion of community involvement and activities; reflection of individual needs for independency; collaboration with community stakeholders in the development of positive and successful vocational experiences; community outing experiences to promote independent living, self-advocacy and appropriate social behaviors; and addresses transition toward post-secondary adult living

    This is currently located at CMS North, CMS West and Coppell High School.


    Instruction is provided for students in special education in a home or hospital setting when a student is expected to be confined at home or hospital bedside for a minimum of four consecutive weeks for medical reasons and the medical condition is documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States (K-12) If students do not meet eligibility criteria for IDEAIA services prior to the need for homebound services, they are to be serviced by the General Education Homebound program.


    This setting is providing special education and related services to students who reside in care and treatment facilities.