Welcome to Phoenix Union High School District Exceptional Student Services  

In Phoenix Union High School District, we believe all students can learn! Some students may need more supports and services than others, but having high expectations for the individual learner is one of our main core values. For students with disabilities eligible to receive specialized instruction and related services, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, which includes the student and parent/guardian, uses data to help determine the level and types of supports and services a student might need.  It is always important to remember that special education is a service, not a “place.” The IEP Team considers the unique individual strengths, needs, and post-secondary goals when determining the appropriate service needs of each student. 

We provide a continuum of services to students, along with a variety of service delivery options. Teams must always begin program planning with the belief and expectation that students receive services in the general education setting. Data is used to identify if a student needs more intensive instruction or self – contained services. Options before considering this must include reasonable accommodations and/or modifications, supplementary aids and services, and/or assistive technology in general education classes. Special education services might include instruction in accessing the general education classes, literacy strategies, social/emotional/affective skills, transition service needs and/or independent living skills. In addition, related services are available, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, transportation, and counseling, if the IEP Team determines any to be appropriate.

Please contact your local campus ESS Facilitator for more information about special education and related services.

Welcome to Phoenix Union High School District – we look forward to supporting you and our students in preparing for career, college and life!

Desiderata Graduation Ceremony May 23, 2017 at 5:30 PM Carl Hayden High School

Celebrate our Ambassadors of Being

Every quarter staff from across the Phoenix Union High School District are nominated by their peers, colleagues and supervisors for going above and beyond the call of duty in supporting students with exceptionalities. Take a moment to review the Ambassadors who have been nominated for being Creative, Collaborative, Courageous, Conscious, Committed and Compassionate!

PUHSD is filled with exemplary staff – from teachers to instructional assistants to administrators, from every department including Food and Nutrition, Purchasing, and Transportation, from throughout all schools and programs as well as the PUHSD Center for Educational Excellence. Congratulations to staff who have been recognized as our CEE ESS Ambassadors of Being!!!

October Recipients