Programs & Services

Continuum of Special Education Services in Alamo Heights ISD
In the Alamo Heights school district, we provide services to students in special education in a variety of settings. Below are descriptions of some of the services offered to students in special education from least restrictive to more restrictive:
  • Speech Therapy
  • In Class Support (ICS)
  • Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)
  • Language Rich Pre-K
  • Resource
  • Alternative Classroom for Education (ACE)
  • Student Support Teams (SST)
  • Related Services

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy is a service provided by a licensed Speech and Language Pathologist who supports students in special education with speech and /or language disorders.  These services can be provided in a general education setting or in a speech therapy special education setting

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In Class Support

In Class Support ( ICS) is a service delivery model where a special education professional pushes in to the general education class to facilitate the delivery of specially designed instruction for special education students. 

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

ECSE is designed to provide instruction to students ages 3-5 who are in need of special education services.  These services are provided in a general education inclusive setting with typically developing AHISD employee's children, ages 3-4 year old "Mini Mules".  (Howard Early Childhood Center) 

Language Rich Pre-K

Language Rich Pre-K is designed to provide extensive language development for students who have moderate to severe expressive language and/or articulation/phonology disorders.  These services are provided through a partnership with PreK and Headstart settings to expose young children to a preschool environment alongside their typically developing peers.  (Howard Early Childhood Center)

The resource room is designed to pull students from their general education setting to work on academic areas such as reading, writing and math. Resource rooms are designed to work with students who fall below grade level and need specially designed instruction in a smaller group to learn. (All campuses)

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Alternative Classroom for Education (ACE)

The ACE program is designed for students who have significant emotional/behavioral concerns that require constant supervision and monitoring and prompting of  behavior as well as intensive teaching of social skills. Students are served in a general education classroom. (All campuses)

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Student Support Teams (SST)

The Student Support Team is designed to help build a network of support for students who require extensive academic and functional skill assistance. The assistance is provided in a pull-out classroom. Special education teachers, as well as instructional assistants, help to support the students in the general education classroom. The students referred to the Student Support Team have cognitive deficits that require extensive cueing of both behavior (social skills) and academic instruction. (Woodridge, Cambridge, Junior School, High School, and off campus
'09 Transition Services)

Related Services

Related services are services that are required in order for the student to benefit from their special education instruction. They are added on to the services already provided in special education.  Related services include but are not limited to: transportation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, health services, and psychological services. The related service provider determines the need for the service and then piggybacks on to the IEP goals that require the service in order for the student to benefit from instruction. For example: The occupational therapist assists with a fine motor objective in the IEP by providing exercises for the student to increase fine motor skills. (All campuses)

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