Special Education

Great Hearts offers a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students with disabilities who are currently eligible or are determined eligible to receive special education services and related services.

Providing access to a classical education to students with disabilities is central to Great Hearts’ philosophy of education, which seeks to enrich the lives of all of our children. We believe that the unnecessary removal or compartmentalizing of any student because of special needs would result in an impoverished experience for the entire class.

As such, our practice is to include our students with disabilities to the maximum extent possible in the general classroom while supporting their development of strategies and skills through specialized instruction. This practice is guided by the mission of the special education program at Great Hearts which is dedicated to fostering our students’ perseverance through courage and introspection.

In pursuit of these virtues, our Special Education teams develop a program for each eligible student that maximizes access to the liberal arts curriculum through small-group or one-on-one instruction, both inside and outside of the regular classroom during the school day. Our teams comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and include instruction in skills and strategies in areas of deficit and may incorporate related services including, but not limited to:

  • Speech and Language services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • School-based counseling
  • Consultation with a hearing teacher

If you believe your student is a child with a disability and requires specialized instruction, or for more information about special education services please contact the special services personnel at your local academy.

If you are interested in becoming a Special Education teacher, you can apply by clicking here.

Great Hearts Arlington:

Great Hearts Forest Heights

Great Hearts Irving

Great Hearts Lakeside

Great Hearts Live Oak

Great Hearts Monte Vista North

Great Hearts Monte Vista South

Great Hearts Northern Oaks

Great Hearts Western Hills

Legal Compliance and Contact

Pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) 2004, each charter is responsible for locating, identifying and evaluating children with disabilities. Within 45 calendar days of initial enrollment all students will be screened. We will notify you within 10 calendar days if an area of concern is indicated by a classroom teacher.

Please review the Great Hearts Texas Special Education Policies and Procedures:

The Special Education Rules and Regulations for the State of Texas can be found at the Texas Education Agency website.

The Texas Transition and Employment guide can be located here. The transition and employment guide developed and published by the Texas Education Agency for students enrolled in special education programs and their parents.

Senate Bill 139 Notice to Families:  English  |  Español

  • Delayed or Denied Evaluations & Compensatory Services information for families:  English  |  Español

If your questions or concerns are not successfully addressed by the special education coordinator, please contact the Headmaster.

If you are still not satisfied with how your questions and concerns have been addressed, make an appointment with the Exceptional Student Services Director at the Great Hearts network office.

Should your concerns remain unresolved, please contact your Great Hearts local Governing School Board.

Tom Doebler | National Director of Exceptional Student Services
Great Hearts Academies | 4801 E Washington Street, Suite 250 | Phoenix, AZ 85034
P: (602) 438-7045 x 345 | TDoebler@greatheartsaz.org

Diane Jones | Senior Director of Special Student Services
Great Hearts Texas | 3350 W. Story Rd. | Irving, TX 75038
P: 469-759-3030 | Diane.Jones@greatheartstx.org

The 2021 Dyslexia handbook: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/texas-dyslexia-handbook-2021.pdf

Updated changes to the 2021 Dyslexia Handbook