Office of Special Education

The Corpus Christi Independent School District provides Special Education services and valuable education experiences for students with disabilities to develop the hearts and minds of all students, preparing them to be lifelong learners who continue their education, enter the world of work, and be productive citizens.

Students are eligible for special education services from the age of three through twenty-one.  Students who have hearing and vision disabilities may receive services from birth.  The District offers a full continuum of services to meet the needs of each student in the least restrictive environment ensuring access to the general education curriculum.  The Corpus Christi Independent School District believes in inclusive education, to the maximum extent appropriate.  Over 20 years of research has consistently demonstrated that the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education classrooms results in favorable outcomes.  


Jennifer Arismendi, Director of Special Education
Laurie Carey, Special Education Coordinator for Psychological and Support Services
Barbara Greses, Special Education Coordinator for Curriculum & Instructional Support Services
Sandra Mayorga, Coordinator for Regional Day School Program for the Deaf (RDSPD) and Support Services
Ann Michele Howard, Special Education Coordinator for Accountability and Support Services
Debra Stanley, Coordinator for Transition and Instructional Support  


Referral for Initial Evaluation

A school has an affirmative duty to make a referral for an initial evaluation for special education services any time it suspects that a child has a disability and a need for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). You may also initiate a referral for an initial evaluation of your child at any time.

If you make a written request to a local educational agency’s director of special education services or to a district administrative employee for an initial evaluation for special education services, the school must, no later than the 15th school day after the date the school receives the request, give you either: 1) prior written notice of its proposal to conduct an evaluation, a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards, and the opportunity to give written consent for the evaluation; or 2) prior written notice of its refusal to evaluate your child and a copy of the Notice of Procedural Safeguards.

Please note that a request for a special education evaluation may be made verbally and does not need to be in writing. Districts and charter schools must still comply with all federal notice requirements and requirements for identifying, locating, and evaluating children who are suspected of being a child with a disability and in need of special education. However, a verbal request does not require the district or charter school to respond within the 15-school-day timeline.


For grades Kinder-12th please contact your child's campus
For Children ages Birth-4 years old, contact the Child Find Office at 361-878-2684, ext. 44867
At anytime, you may call the Corpus Christi ISD Special Education Office at 361-878-2684




 News & Announcements     

Special Education Records
How to request records

Notice Concerning Destruction of Special Education Student Records

Special education records which have been collected by the Corpus Christi Independent School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the District, must be maintained under state and federal laws for a period of seven (7) years after special education services have ended for the student.  Special education services end when the student no longer is eligible for services, graduates, completes his/her education program at age 22, or moves from the District.  After five (5) years, the records are no longer useful to the District, but may be useful to the parent(s)/guardian(s) or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc.

This notification is to inform parent(s)/guardian(s) and former students of the Corpus Christi Independent School District’s intent to destroy the special education records of students whose special education services ended prior to August 1, 2011.  These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise.

The parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records in writing or in person prior to July 15, 2018, at the following address:
Corpus Christi Independent School District
Office of Special Education
Lozano Instructional Service Center
1761 Hudson Street
Corpus Christi, Texas  78416

Please note that records will not be mailed but must be picked up in person.  To ensure confidentiality, persons receiving the records will be required to present identification and sign a document indicating receipt of the records.

  Office Information

     Office Hours:    8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

     Location:             CCISD Administration Building
                                       801 Leopard Street
                                       Corpus Christi, Texas 78403

     Phone:                  (361) 878-2684 Office
                                       (361) 878-4969 Fax

Important Community Events
and Information


Impact of Guardianship Reforms on Transition Planning:
A Parent's Guide to Guardianship & Alternatives to Guardianship
ESC2 Workshop
June 21, 2019
Click on Morning or Afternoon for registration information.

CCISD Summer Track
CCISD students ages 8-18 years old are welcome to participate in Summer Track.
Begins: May 28, 2019   Ends: July 13, 2019
Registration is necessary.
Click HERE for registration information.


15th Annual
Statewide Parental
Involvement Conference

Want to uplift your parent and family engagement program?
Don't pass up this opportunity.  A practical preconference session, three motivational keynote speakers, 45 breakout sessions with strategies you can implement at your school, and 25 exhibitors with valuable resources.
December 12-14, 2019
San Marcos Embassy Suites and Conference Center
Click HERE for more information.

Education Service Center, Region 2

Evidence-Based Home Visiting Program and
Case Mangement
Serving Nueces, Kleberg, and San Patricio counties

HIPPY is a home visitation program that helps
parents prepare their children, ages two to five,
for success in school and beyond. 
Through home visits and group meetings,
HIPPY provides parents with curriculum,
storybooks, and materials to help close the
achievement gap.

Click Here for More Information


Special Education Staff

Jennifer Arismendi- Senior Director

Melissa Salazar- Senior Administrative Assistant

Laurie Carey- Coordinator

Barbara Greses- Coordinator

Sandra Mayorga- Coordinator

Ann Michele Howard- Coordinator

Debra Stanley- Coordinator

Michael Gallardo- Special Education Accountant

Faith Vega- Accounting  Clerk

Debbie Espinosa- Special Education Registered                                                   Nurse