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).

    This is available on all CISD campuses. (Grades K-12)

    In-Class Support

    In-Class Support (ICS) is provided by a special education staff member in the general education classroom.  ICS allows for specific, targeted support of learner goals and objectives as outlined by their Individualized Education Program (IEP).  The district provides a continuum of ICS instructional models in order to increase the access IEP-entitled learners have to the general education curriculum, reducing the student-to-teacher ratio and the distraction and fragmentation of leaving the classroom for parallel services, supporting high levels of learning for all students and staff.

    To ensure data-based decisions are being made to drive daily instruction and annual recommendations to the IEP committee, the general education teacher and special education staff member should collaborate, preferably during protected team time, regarding the district-identified high priority learning standards of the content area, the IEP-entitled learner's specific needs, delivery of instruction, method of assessing the learning, and his/her progress in the general curriculum and toward mastery of the IEP.  The levels of collaboration between staff members providing ICS may vary depending on the number of students, staff members, grade levels, and content areas they support.

    These support services may be provided by a special education professional or a special education paraprofessional under the guidance of the general education teacher and the special education case manager.  While the service providers focus on the specific needs of the learners with whom they are assigned to work, they extend their services to assist all students in the classroom who benefit from the increased instructional opportunities and differentiation they provide.

    This is available on all CISD campuses.  (Grades K-12)

     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. 

    This is available on all CISD campuses.  (Grades K-12)


    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. 

    This is available on all CISD campuses. (Grades K-12)

    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. 

    This is currently located at Lee Elementary, CMS West, and Coppell High School. (Grades PK-12)

    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.

    This is currently located at Pinkerton Elementary, CMS East, CHS9, and Coppell High School. (Grades K-12)

    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. 

    This is currently located at Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Lee Elementary, and Town Center Elementary.  (Grades K-5)

    Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

    Early Childhoold Special Education are special education services available to any child ages 3-5 who are eligible for special education and is delivered in a variety of placement options.

    These services are available to any CISD learner.  This is currently located at Austin Elementary, Denton Creek Elementary, Lakeside Elementary, and Wilson 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.

    This is currently located at Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Denton Creek Elementary, Mockingbird Elementary, Valley Ranch Elementary, CMS North, CMS West, and Coppell High School.  (Grades K-12)

    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. (Grades 6-12)


    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. 

    This is available for all CISD campuses.  (Grades PK-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.