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Special Education

RVISD Special Education

Philosophy & Beliefs


  • In the Rio Vista School District every effort is made to provide students with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in their home school
  • Instructional strategies, curriculum adaptations, and behavioral interventions are applied in the Least Restrictive Environment
  • The LRE can range from regular classroom placement with consultation services provided to the student and/or teacher to full time support within a special education classroom or a special school.
  • Rio Vista teachers promote the concept of inclusion by applying one of three best practices:  in-class support, co-teaching, and consultation with classroom teachers.
  • The IEP team decides which practice will best meet the needs of the student.


  • All students have specific needs, characteristics and learning styles.
  • All school staff and community members are responsible for meeting individual needs of students
  • All students can learn
  • Meeting the needs of individual students does not lower program standards
  • Adaptation of the curriculum enables students to succeed and does not diminish their achievement
  • Positive self-esteem is an essential component of student success
  • Success influences self-esteem and encourages high achievement
  • Modeling of effective teamwork by school staff enables children to develop cooperative social skills 
  • Social development and opportunities in an educational setting prepare students for participation in society
  • Expectations based upon ongoing assessments foster student growth
  • Ongoing assessment of all students results in a needs-driven educational system

Transition/VAC Coordinator Designee

Sandy Yeandle 817.866.3950

Texas Transition Guide


Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES) program. This program is specifically designed to support students K-12 who are identified with a significant cognitive disability.  

Created by Parents, for Parents: This web site is a project of the Texas Education Agency and is committed to providing accurate and consistent information to parents & families of students with disabilities.Texas Parent to Parent provides support, information, and education to families of children of all ages who have disabilities or chronic illness.’s goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues.

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