Secondary Special Education

The Sioux Falls School District has programming available for the full continuum of special education programs available for Individual Education Program (IEP) teams to consider. Each student’s IEP is developed, reviewed and revised by the IEP team as they consider the strengths and needs of the student, concerns of the parent, results of the initial or most recent evaluation, academic, developmental and functional needs of the student, and as appropriate, the results of the student’s performance on any general state or district-wide assessments. A statement of the special education and related services and supplementary aids and services to be provided to the student, or on behalf of the student, is included in the document. If a parent/guardian has questions about their student’s IEP, contact the building case manager or principal with questions or to ask for an IEP meeting.

Special Education services include specialized instruction in reading, written language, and math, as well as study skills. For students who need to learn skills that are significantly different from their classmates, smaller classes are offered where skills based on core content connectors are emphasized. All students have opportunities for integrated learning experiences throughout their school day.


Middle School

The Middle School Special Education program provides specialized instruction through resource programs at each home school. Social skill and behavior instruction is available in Middle Schools and is designed to support social and/or behavior needs. In addition, self-contained RISE programs are located in two middle schools:

  • George McGovern

  • Patrick Henry


High School

The High School Special Education program serves students with disabilities with specialized instruction needs through resource programs at their home schools. Each high school houses a Tier 2 Behavior Program designed to support students with social and/or behavior needs. RISE sites provide individual, small group, and integrated learning experiences located in all three high schools:

  • Lincoln

  • Roosevelt

  • Washington

Patti Ward-Maguire

Patti Ward-Maguire

Secondary Special Services Coordinator

✆ (605) 367-7938
✉ Email Patti Ward-Maguire