Special Education 

Special education services are mandated by federal law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Under this law, some children may be eligible for the following services:

  • Assessment: An individualized assessment to determine eligibility for services under one of the designated categories.
  • Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE): Education services that are appropriate in the least restrictive environment.
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP): Each child eligible for special education services will have a written education plan, reviewed at least annually.

Partnerships Provide an overview of partnering community agencies for special education or disability advocacy.

Child Find

Bixby Public Schools is looking for children and young people from birth to age 21 who may be entitled to special education services. Services are free of charge for students who meet eligibility for one of the following categories:

Autism, Deaf/Blindness, Deafness/Hearing Impairment, Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability, Learning Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Orthopedic Impairment, Other Health Impairment, Serious Emotional Disturbance, Speech or Language Impairment, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.

We offer a full continuum of services for ages 3-21 years, i.e., special classes, labs, consultants, general education classroom with support, homebound, etc.

Those who know of someone who reside in the Bixby School District and could use these services are urged to contact the Director of Special Education at (918) 366-2338


It is the philosophy of Bixby Public Schools that all children can and will learn, including those with disabilities. We are committed to providing a positive educational experience through a continuum of services that promotes individual skills, interests, talents, and addresses educational needs. We believe that we have substantial influence over individual student learning and success. For this reason, the emphasis of the special education department is on providing specialized instructional and educationally related services that focus on individual strengths in an appropriate setting on the continuum of services, from the general education classroom to special education classrooms.

When a student exhibits academic or behavioral difficulties, it is vital that a process for intervention be available to both students and teachers. Bixby Public Schools has a detailed building level intervention process, Spartan Intervention Team (SIT), to assist when needed. Following the teacher talking with the student, parents and the building administrator or counselor, the learning issues must be addresses and intervention strategies developed. The site SIT should then address student needs for further interventions or assessments. The SIT process affords teachers the opportunity to utilize the educational resources available at the school sites. Interventions should be attempted and documented within the regular classroom. This process must take place for a specified period of time before students can be referred for special education assessment or interventions. If interventions recommended by the site intervention team are not successful, students may be referred to the Special Education Department for further assessments.

Special education services, defined on the IEP, must be provided in the least restrictive environment (LRE) on the continuum of services. That continuum ranges from full services in the general education classroom to special education classes to home bound instruction.