Special Education Services

Special Education Programs

District

Our district provides Individual Education Plan (IEP) driven programs for high and low incidence disabilities. All district students with vision, hearing, physical or occupational therapy (PT/OT) needs receive services from contract providers, fully certified or licensed. The district is fortunate to have a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) on staff to reinforce OT goals for all identified students. The district has a licensed school psychologist and an Autism Specialist on staff. All students receive services based on their documented needs and IEP team decisions. Support staff and instructional support personnel are provided as need dictates.

 

Payson High School

  • Students receive intensive remediation in math and language arts.
  • Students receive behavioral supports in school or alternate settings.
  • Students receive modifications and support in core classes and consultation in electives.
  • Students receive testing adaptations and have access to alternative learning formats as appropriate.
  • Students in vocational programs receive consultation and support as needed.
  • Students in the Community-Based program receive vocational and social supports as well as their academic program.
  • Therapies are available as needed.

 

Payson Center for Success

  • Students are on individual plans; they receive consultation and monitoring support.
  • Students receive modifications and therapies as needed.

 

Rim Country Middle School

  • Students receive intensive remediation in math and language arts.
  • Self contained student programs are IEP driven.
  • Students receive behavioral supports in school and alternate settings.
  • Students receive modifications and support in core classes and consultation in electives.
  • Students receive testing adaptations and have access to alternative learning formats as appropriate.
  • Therapies are available as needed.

 

Elementary Schools

Both elementary schools (Payson Elementary and Julia Randall Elementary) have Special Education teachers who provide both inclusive and resource services. A speech therapist is assigned to each school. Children with autism, receive support from the Autism Specialist at each site. Both schools also provide more self-contained settings for children who need a more restricted/structured environment.

 

Julia Randall is home to the district's special needs preschool, First Steps. Children needing early intervention services from 3 to 5 years of age are serviced here. The program is language and social skill-development based.

 

Other Special Programs

 

Child Find (AZFind) procedures apply to school-age as well as preschool placement. If you have a concern about the academic progress of your child give us a call. Parents/guardians are always welcome to discuss possible screening for their child which may lead to a full evaluation plan.

 

ADA 504 Accommodations: Payson Schools provide accommodations for students at all sites based on the updated requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Rehabilitation Act. Visit this linked page for more information.

 

The Special Services office supports students in home settings through the “Homebound” Program. Children with medical conditions (ie. accidents or surgery) can receive educational support from a Homebound Tutor to help them keep up with their schoolwork when possible.

 

We also facilitate the District Gifted and Talented (GATE) student education programs. Each site has a coordinator who manages student programs, provides testing and accommodation planning, and often teaches gifted students. Arizona standards focus on students with exceptionalities being educated within the general education setting as much as possible. Acceleration and curriculum compacting are 2 options for students in the program.