RISE for your Scholar!
Your student currently has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and is supported by a specialized program. According to IDEA 2004, beginning at the age of 14, school districts are required to address transition services to promote post-secondary opportunities to ensure success beyond high school. In GPISD, we have chosen to begin providing those services in 6th grade to improve post-secondary outcomes for students with disabilities. Your child will have the opportunity to participate in transition and post-secondary activities at GPISD’s new RISE facility. RISE is located at 4750 S. Carrier Parkway (directly behind Garner FAA). Parents are welcome to visit RISE in accordance with the GPISD Student Handbook under the VISITORS section.
Activities will promote academic instruction, independent living skills, vocational exploration, employability skill development, recreational and leisure skills, and provide social-emotional supports that are targeted for students in the 6th – 12th grades. Students who receive services will participate during the current school year, according to the attached schedule.
Students, along with their peers, teacher, and paraprofessionals, will be transported by GPISD buses from their campus. They will arrive at RISE at approximately 9:00 am, then return to their campus at approximately 2:15 pm on their designated days. Middle school students will eat breakfast and lunch at RISE. High school students will eat breakfast at their campus and will eat lunch at RISE. The meals will be provided by the GPISD Food and Nutrition department. You are still welcome to provide a sack lunch on designated days. Due to the nature of the activities, we ask students to dress comfortably and to wear closed-toe shoes.
We are excited to have your child participate. Please look forward to further communication regarding designated parent nights. Attached, you will find the schedule of when your child will go to RISE. Please find additional information in the virtual tour (link below) and by visiting the website below. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Amanda Forman at 972-237-5336.
Dr. Dorothea Gordon
Executive Director of Special Education
Grand Prairie ISD