Special Education


Download Icon English Letter to Parents

Aiding Students Who Have Learning Difficulties or Who Need Special Education or Section 504 Services

Download Icon Spanish Carta a los Padres

Cómo ayudar a aquellos estudiantes que tienen dificultades de aprendizaje o precisan servicios de educación especial o de la Sección 504



Identify and provide high quality services to students with special needs.

Passionate | Proactive | Excellent | Persevering | Authentic



Southwest Schools’ Department of Special Education’s vision is to prepare Students with disabilities both academically and socially for life beyond the educational system.  By providing Equal Access to the General Curriculum through specially designed instruction as well as natural social engagement and interaction with their peers, our students will become productive and contributing members of society.


Phillip Hill

Director of Special Education


(713) 784-6345

Child Find

Do you know of an infant, child, or adolescent who does not learn easily? All individuals develop at their own pace, but some have more difficulty than others. There is a way to make a difference for these children and adolescents.

What is Child Find?

Child Find is a process designed to identify, locate and evaluate individuals (birth through 21 years of age) with disabilities who may need special education services.

Who can begin the Child Find process?

Anyone can start the process: A parent, doctor, teacher, relative, or friend can call Southwest Schools.

Why should we refer a child?

Early identification and intervention can prevent failure and frustration. Providing special attention to teaching and learning strategies may help individuals overcome barriers to learning.

What happens after the individual is referred?

Southwest Schools’ personnel will reach out to the parent(s) or legal guardian, and together the parents (or legal guardian) and the school will decide if an assessment is needed. This same group may develop an assessment plan designed to evaluate areas of concern, and then the appropriate personnel will conduct an evaluation. Once this step is taken, the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) and evaluation personnel will have a meeting to talk about assessment results, special education eligibility, and service options to determine the best course of action.


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Special Education Resources

Information and resources for students with disabilities and their families:
Legal Framework for the Child-Centered Education Process

Partners Resource Network

Special Education Information Center

Texas Project First
How to request and Evaluation for your Child
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Texas Education Agency Parent Guides and Processes

ARD Guide (English) | ARD Guide (Español)

TEA Procedural Safeguards (English) | TEA Procedural Safeguards (Español)


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