Special Education

Sinton ISD Special Education Dept.
900 S. San Patricio St,
Mailing address P.O. Box 1337
Sinton, TX 78387
Telephone: 361-364-6940
361-500-6659 Fax


Michael Elbert –Director
Cheryl Pinkston, Admin. Asst.
Nelda Espinoza, SEM Clerk


Coastal Plains Community Center Coastal Plains Community Center will be offering Saturday services for persons with intellectual disabilities. These services will be provided completely free of charge, pending a diagnosis of IDD (Intellectual and developmental disabilities) and income and insurance eligibility. If you are interested in this great service, please call Art Hernandez at 361-777-3991 Important Information Below: Services for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Coastal Plains Community Center is now providing services for student s who wish to graduate before the age of 22 years and a few limited services for children, whose families are in need of services on one Saturday per month.   There are Day Habilitation services available in your area for student’s from ages 18 to 21, who would like to graduate early. Day Habilitation Services are provided from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A variety of educational activities are offered, as well as training on activities of daily living and leisure/recreational activities. Transportation can be provided to and from the Day Habilitation Center, from the student’s home. Other services available are Community Support Services, which include a staff person coming into the student’s home to provide one-on-one activities. If the student chooses, activities can also be provided in their community, which includes various shopping and social type events. These activities are good for those who don’t do well in large groups.   Another service provided, either in the student’s home or a private home belonging to Coastal Plains Community Center is respite. Respite allows the student and family to spend needed time away from each other, while the student has a staff person with them around the clock.   For those students who are under the age of 18, Saturday activities are provided once per month. These services consist of 4-5 hours of leisure & recreational activities, provide in small groups at one of our centers.   For more information contact Virginia Pena at 361-777-3991. Ms. Pena can arrange to meet with the student and family at their school.

Are you new to Sinton ISD and receive support services through Special Education or 504?   If you are moving to Sinton ISD and your child had been receiving Special Education or 504 services in your previous district, please contact the Counselor at your home campus to set-up a Transfer ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) meeting. It would be helpful to provide the most current IEP/ARD Committee or 504 Committee meeting paperwork. If you need additional assistance, please call the Office of Special Education at 361-364-6940.

Child Find

 Child Find provides a system for locating, identifying, and evaluating children suspected of having disabilities that need special education services. Sinton ISD provides for the special education of children, ages birth through 21, who have a disability. Children with identified physical, mental, perceptual, speech, language, social and/or emotional disabilities may be eligible for the program. Children with vision and/or hearing problems may be eligible for services beginning at birth. Sinton ISD will use information from a variety of sources to determine eligibility according to Texas Education Agency guidelines.

What Is Special About Special Education?

The Sinton ISD Department of Special Education provides students with disabilities valuable educational experiences that prepare them for the future. Each student with a disability has the opportunity to participate in an appropriate educational setting designed to meet his/her individual needs.

Services are provided in the least restrictive environment that allows access to the general education curriculum and instruction with non-disabled peers to the extent that is appropriate for the student.

The Special Education Department provides a full continuum of services to meet the needs of eligible students.  These services include general education, resource, self-contained, itinerant services, home-bound, vocational, preschool services for students 3-5 years of age, and early childhood services for children from birth to three years of age.

Texas Transition and Employment Guide

This transition and employment guide is for you, the student in Texas public school, who may have received special education services due to a disability. It also provides helpful information for your parents. This guide has steps you and your parents can take to make sure you are able to find the right work or education choices for you after high school. It also tells you where to get the services you will need after high school.

Texas Transition and Employment Guide ~ English

Texas Transition and Employment Guide ~ Spanish