General Information

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) assures disabled students an equal opportunity for a free appropriate public education.  A diversity of special education services, highly qualified professionals and well-equipped classrooms are provided by Hondo Independent School District to meet the assurances of IDEA. 

Students ages 3 through 21 who qualify for special education with disabilities such as:

  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Non-categorical early childhood
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairments
  • Speech
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment

A child-centered process is used to find an appropriate program for a student in Special Education.  This assures placing each student in an educational program which will afford each one the best educational opportunity.

When a child appears to need educational assistance, a Child Study Team meets to consider the best plan to address the student's needs. The Child Study Team may recommend varied interventions or an assessment by the Special Education Department. A licensed psychologist, educational diagnosticians, a speech pathologist, and other related service providers staff the Special Education Department.

Testing is completed on referred students to determine if a disability and an educational need exist.  The information gathered during testing helps the school staff and parents make the best possible educational plan for the student.

An Admissions, Review and Dismissal (ARD) Committee meets to develop an Individual Education Program (IEP) for each eligible student.  The completed IEP is carried out by Hondo ISD staff in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).

The Texas Education agency has developed a transition website to provide viewers with knowledge of the secondary transition process to facilitate student progress toward attainment of their postsecondary goals.  On this site you will find resources for students, parents, educators and agency resources.