Special Education

Welcome to #CISDSPED


Our mission is to provide a supportive and inclusive environment that empowers each student to achieve their potential.


Support, Include, Empower


  • We believe in the power of working together for the success of our students

  • When challenges arise, we are prepared to pivot in order to impact the trajectory

  • We believe in celebrating diverse abilities, identifying unique needs, and helping others grow


The Special Education Department’s focus is to ensure each student has the support and services they need to be successful.  We believe that collaboration between students, parents/guardians, and staff lead to our most successful results.  We’re committed to helping each student become an independent and successful learner and are committed to high standards of education for all students.  We look forward to collaborating with students and parents so each student may reach his/her academic and personal potential.

We want to identify all eligible students, offer equal access to the curriculum, and ensure the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Specially designed instruction and related services are determined by the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Committee (ARD Committee) for each student. This committee includes the students, parents, and a team of educational professionals dedicated to each student's success in the least restrictive environment (LRE).

Karen Schasteen

Special Programs Director

1000 Key Avenue

Clifton, Texas 76634

(254) 675.1889 

Email: karen.schasteen@cliftonisd.org


The Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) provides resources and interactive features for increasing family awareness of disabilities and special education processes, with the goal of improving partnerships between schools and families.

Email: inquire@spedtex.org

Live Chat: www.spedtex.org

Parents ARD Guide- Spanish

Parents ARD Guide- English

Notice of Procedural Safeguards- English

Notice of Procedural Safeguards- Spanish