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    Our Mission

    The Special Education team exists to support the Ennis ISD mission of ensuring children who receive special education services are provided with access to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in order to ensure they receive a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and participate fully in future social, economic, and educational opportunities.



    Guiding Philosophy

    Ennis ISD is committed to providing quality services for students with disabilities. The term “special education” refers to specially designed instruction to meet the needs of a child with a disability. The Special Education team believes that special education is a service that is individually determined based on identified student needs throughout the school day. The primary instructional goal for all services is that students with disabilities are able to access and progress in the general curriculum through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) built on a standards-based framework.

    Contact Us

    Ennis Independent School District

    Special Education Department

    303 W. Knox Street, P.O. Box 1420

    Ennis, TX 75120

    Office: 972-872-7040

    Fax: 972-875-8667


  • Special Education Announcement: 

    Students who receive special education services in Ennis ISD who do not perform satisfactorily on state assessment in 5th grade, 8th grade, or on an EOC must be awarded an ARD committee meeting prior to the second administration to develop an Accelerated Instruction Plan and consider the need for a second administration of the assessment.  The committee may promote the student to the next level if the student has made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals in the student’s IEP. If you have questions concerning these new guidelines per HB 657, please contact Jennifer Nelson, Director of Special Education, at 972-872-7000.   

  • Anuncio de Educación Especial:

    Estudiantes que reciben servicios de Educación Especial en el Distrito de Ennis, que no se desempeñan a lo satisfactoriamente en el examen estatal en quinto grado, octavo grado, o en un EOC deben recibir una reunión con el comité de ARD antes de la segunda administración para desarrollar un plan acelerada y considerar la necesidad de la segunda administración. El comité puede promover al estudiante al siguiente nivel  si el estudiante ha progresado lo suficiente en las metas académicas en el IEP del estudiante. Si tiene unas preguntas sobre las nuevas guilas por HB 657, porfavor contacte a Jennifer Nelson, Directora de Educación Especial, a 972-872-7000.

  • Important Change: 


    ECSE: What's in a Name?

    What is ECSE (Early Childhood Special Education)?

    Eligible children with disabilities aged three through 21 years are entitled to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In Texas, special education and related services for eligible children with disabilities, aged three through five years, have historically been referred to as Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD). In an effort to clarify and promote understanding that any child aged three through five years who is eligible for and receiving special education and related services through a school district must be served in the least restrictive environment specified in the child’s IEP, references to PPCD are being phased out of the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook (SAAH) and other TEA publications over time and will instead be considered as receiving ECSE services. (Courtesy of Region 10)