Special Education

Special Education

The mission of the NBISD Special Education program is to ensure that students who qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) receive the appropriate special education and related services as determined by the Admission, Review and Dismissal Committee (ARDC). These services are to be designed to meet the unique needs of the student and thus provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

 Special Education Department

1040 N. Walnut Ave.

New Braunfels, TX 78130

(830) 643-5757

The definition of special education is, “specially designed instruction, at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and instruction in physical education.” In order for a student to qualify for special education services and instruction, the student must be properly evaluated and determined as having  at least one of the thirteen disabilities defined in the IDEA and require special education and related services due to the disability. The thirteen disabilities defined under IDEA are:


  • Auditory Impairment
  • Autism
  • Deaf–Blind
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Multiple Disabilities
  • Non–categorical Early Childhood
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Visual Impairment


NBISD strives to provide special education students the services and specialized instruction to address the specific and unique needs of each student. Under the federal law, state laws, and district policy the Special Education Program must provide a continuum of services in order to provide for these needs of special education students.  In order to make this determination and write an appropriate individual educational plan (IEP), the ARDC must first review the present levels of academic and functional performance (PLAAFPs).  Once an IEP is written based on the PLAAFP, the ARDC must determine what the most appropriate setting would be to provide the service and/or instruction that matches the needs defined in the IEP. Frequency and duration for these services and instruction must also be addressed in the ARD. 

The continuum of service at NBISD includes: inclusion support,content mastery, resource class, specialized unit, FOCUS behavior support and homebound services.

A more restrictive environment, if appropriate, would be made available to our students.  

Other related and instructional services that are readily available to our students are: occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech-language therapy,  services for the auditorily impaired, services for the visually impaired, and adapted physical education. 

Notice of Destruction of Special Education Records

This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of New Braunfels Independent School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students whose special education services ended due to graduating, completing his/her educational program at age 22, mastering of goals and objectives, or moving from the district during the 2006-2007-2008 school years.  These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.

After seven years the records are no longer useful to the district and may be destroyed, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc.  The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person at the following address:


Special Education Department
430 West Mill Street
New Braunfels, TX  78130

This survey is for all parents of students identified as being served by the NBISD Special Education Department. This survey will be anonymous, no email addresses will be collected, so there will be no further contact that can be made to you after you complete the survey. The Special Education Department is always working to ensure the highest quality programs and services, so the SPED department is working collaboratively with SEPAC, Special Education Parent Advisory Committee, to collect information from those we serve.

Below you will find 2 links. One is an English form and the other is in Spanish. Please choose the appropriate form below to fill out by clicking on the title of the Survey you would like to fill out and it will take you to the survey.

Please complete the following survey and submit it in no later than January 6, 2019. 

Special Education Survey in English

Special Education Survey in Spanish

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