Dear Waco ISD families and students,
Welcome to the Special Education Department web page. Our department is committed to providing excellent service to our students, parents, staff and the community. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions or concerns.
Charlotte Davis, Executive Director 254-755-9569 Ext. 2116
Betsy Gilchrist, Director 254-755-9569 Ext. 2126
Special Education Updates
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has created a program called Supplemental Special Education Services (SSES). SSES gives a $1,500 one-time grant for goods and services to parents of eligible students served by special education. Apply today at https://sses.tea.texas.gov/
Information for families can be found on the TEA website. The links are provided below to access the information in Spanish and English.
The Waco ISD is responsible for identifying, locating, and evaluating children from birth through age 21 with known or suspected disabilities who reside in and/or attend school within the school district’s boundaries to determine whether a need for special education services exists. Child Find includes children who reside in group or nursing homes and/or who attend private or home schools within the district’s boundaries regardless of place of residence.
Everyone in the community who is concerned with the welfare of children may participate in the Child Find process. The Child Find office accepts referrals of children who may have a disability. If assessment is recommended, the assessment is provided at no cost to the parent. A referral to Child Find may be made by a parent or by any person concerned about a child. Parent involvement and agreement is obtained prior to any further action. Information is confidential and the privacy of the children and parents is protected.
If you are concerned that a child you know may have a disability and need specialized instruction, please contact Waco ISD’s Special Education Office at 254-755-9569.
Waco ISD Special Education
Executive Director of Special Education
Waco ISD Admin Building
501 Franklin Avenue
P.O. Box 27
Waco, Texas 76703
Ph: (254) 755-9569
Fax: (254) 755-9581