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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



Please follow the link to possible eligibility of supplemental services.