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Dysart Unified School District offers a continuum of special education and related services for students with disabilities who are identified as such and require specially designed instruction to meet their unique learning and needs.

In order to qualify for special education, a child needs to be a child with a disability, meaning that the child has been evaluated as having a qualifying disability, and by reason thereof needs special education. [See 34 C.F.R. § 300.8(a)]

  • The child must have a qualifying disability as defined by the IDEA regulations;
  • The disability must have an adverse effect on the child's educational performance; and
  • The child must need specially designed instruction in order to access and make progress in the general education curriculum.


Birth to 2 Years 9 Months

What do I do if I have concerns about my very young child’s (birth-2 years 9 months) academic, communication, motor, hearing, vision or social/behavioral performance?


Ages 3-5 Years

What do I do if I have concerns about my young child (3-5) academic, communication, motor, hearing, vision or social/behavioral performance?

Child Find

Ages Kinder Through 12th Grade

What do I do if I have concerns about my school age (Kinder -12th grade) student’s academic, communication, or social/behavioral performance?

Interventions Evaluation Process


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PHASE Program

This specialized program focuses on providing positive social skill growth and behavioral strategies to support student achievement. The PHASE program is based on its pillars: Positive Engagement, High Expectations, Achievement, Student Centered, and Effective Communication.

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STC Program

The Structuring Teaching Classroom (STC) Program provides a highly structured environment with strategies to support communication embedded in the environment. Students who participate in the STC program must meet the criteria for the Arizona State Alternative Assessments in order for IEPs to consider the program as a least restrictive environment.

Teacher working with student who has movement restrictions

ASPIRE Program

The Assisting Student Participation in a Relevant Education (ASPIRE) program provides educational activities in a classroom environment with high levels of support in activities of daily living and functional life skills for students with limited mobility as well as complex communication and physical/medical needs.



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