KIPP Texas is committed to providing a continuum of services so students with all varying levels of disability can attend our schools. We analyze, reflect, and take action with services that provide the most accessible in the least restrictive environment. Collaboration with our families strengthens our programming while building and maintaining strong relationships and communication.
Special education teachers and paraprofessionals collaboratively plan with general education teachers to ensure that students in special education can thrive in equitable learning environments. Both special education and general education teachers internalize lessons with the lens of increasing strategies and opportunities for students in special education.
KIPP has standards and procedures in place for the evaluation and placement of students in the Section 504 program. KIPP also implements a system of procedural safeguards that includes notice, an opportunity for a parent or guardian to examine relevant records, an impartial hearing with an opportunity for participation by the parent or guardian and representation by counsel, and a review procedure.
The designated person to contact regarding options for a student experiencing learning difficulties or regarding a referral for evaluation for special education services is:
- Austin Region: Amber McDaniel, Director of Special Education, 512-501-3643
- Dallas Region: Denare Carter, Director of Special Education, 972-323-4200
- Houston Region: LaConia Nelson, Director of Special Education, 281-520-6397
In addition to special education and 504, KIPP provides special programs for homeless students, students in foster care, bilingual students, immigrant students, English language learners, and students diagnosed with dyslexia.
For more information about these programs, as well as information regarding available resources from organizations outside of KIPP can be obtained by contacting Mitch Elatkin, 210-734-4500
GENERAL EDUCATION HOMEBOUND SERVICES
General Education Homebound (GEH) services provide instruction to eligible students who are at home or in a hospital setting. Students served through GEH have a medical condition or extended illness that prevents attendance in school for at least four weeks as documented by a physician licensed to practice in the United States. GEH instruction may also be provided to chronically ill students who are expected to be confined for a period of time totaling at least four weeks throughout the school year, as documented by a licensed physician.
All parent requests for GEH services are made directly to the school leader.