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Special Education

A wide array of services and support are available for students and families needing special education services within the Highalnd Park Independent School District. The links below provide information about special education in Texas, as well as offer a support system for questions, comments, or concerns in regard to the special education programs.

Texas Education Agency-Special Education     |      SPEDTEX      |         SB 139

Child Find     |      Resources on Special Education Services     |      Special Education Family Resources

Special Education Legal Framework     |     OSEP Compliance Errata #1     

Special Education-Transition from Individual/Family Support Plan (IFSP) to Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

Transition and Employment Guide –    English     Spanish

Delayed or Denied Evaluations & Compensatory Services   –   English    Spanish

Parent’s Guide to the ARD Process    

Notice of Procedural Safeguards 

Updates on Special Education     English      Spanish


Additional Resources for Families

The following links answer questions you may have about the following services.

What is section  504?     English    Spanish                            What is IDEA?     English    Spanish                  

What is MTSS?     English   Spanish                                         What is Dyslexia?   English    Spanish


Dyslexia Program

Use the links below for dyslexia information and for questions about the Dyslexia Program contact Angela Caldwell by phone at (806) 322-3747 or by email:

Dyslexia Handbook    |   HPISD ISD Dyslexia Operating Procedures   |   Dyslexia and Related Disorders 

English explanations of dyslexia changes     I     Spanish explanations of dyslexia changes     I      TEA letter about SB 89


Gifted & Talented Program

Use the links below for the Gifted and Talented program information and for questions contact Rachel Stout by phone at (806) 322-3741 or by email:

Link to Gifted & Talented Program page 


Section 504

Highland Park ISD will ensure that students with disabilities within its boundaries are identified, evaluated, and provided a free appropriate public education pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. No qualified student who demonstrates a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subject to discrimination in any program or activity offered by HPISD. Highland Park ISD does not discriminate on the basis of disability with regard to admission, access to educational services, treatment, or employment in its programs or activities.



The Transition in Texas website is a project of the Texas Secondary Transition/Post-School Results Network in collaboration with the Texas Education Agency.   The network is comprised of representatives from each of the 20 Education Service Centers in Texas.

Transition in Texas          |           Texas Transition Guide 



  District Personnel 

   Kim Rousser             Special Ed. Director

                                       806-322-3784 or Ext: 104


  Shelby Black            Special Education Secretary

                                        806-322-3784 or Ext: 104


  Stephanie Milne         Secondary, Diagnostician

                                         806-322-3777 or Ext: 200


   Misti Bryant                  LSSP-Elementary

                                         806-322-3774 or Ext.253


   Madison Klink             Speech/Language Pathologist

                                           806-322-3710 or Ext: 157



Additional Resources

Graduation Toolkit

Transition from ECI to Preschool

State Assessments/Accommodations