The Department of Special Services encompasses several areas to support students throughout the school system. These areas include special education services, Section 504 processes, and school nursing.

The Western Heights special services team consists of 42 special education teachers and support staff, 1 behavior specialist, 2 psychologists, 7 speech language pathologists, 1 occupational therapist, 1 physical therapist, 1 vision consultant, 1 hearing impaired liaison/consultant from the Oklahoma School for the Deaf, full-time nursing staff, counseling services, and 1 administrative assistant.

Special Education Services

Western Heights Public Schools provides special education services at all levels and in all building sites. The type of special education services may differ among the buildings; however, we have a full continuum of services throughout the district. Western Heights PS has early childhood/preschool programs available to students who meet eligibility qualifications. Students may receive special education services within general education or special education classrooms determined on an individual basis by the individualized education program (IEP) team.

Life skills programs are provided to the students who require an alternative curriculum. Curriculum is based on the alternate assessment framework of the Oklahoma Academic Standards. This curriculum also targets independent functioning, social skills, community-based instruction, and pre-vocational skills.

Continuum of Services and Support

We strive to continuously improve student growth and achievement by ensuring that, to the maximum extent appropriate, students with disabilities are educated with their non-disabled age-appropriate peers. Placement decisions are the responsibility of the IEP team. In order to obtain a satisfying and productive classroom and school learning environment the team must take into consideration the educational needs of both the student with disabilities and those of other students in the classroom.

The IEP team places particular emphasis on access to the general education curriculum when developing appropriate goals and objectives for the student with disabilities. Students are placed in the educational setting that best meets their needs within the (LRE) least restrictive environment.

Related Services

Students may receive one or more of the following services as determined by the IEP team; speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. (Additional related services may be provided beyond this list based on the student needs and the IEP team determinations.)

The OSDE Special Education Handbook includes all information regarding disability categories and more.  OSDE Special Education Handbook

Special Education Coordinators

Elementary Level:

Council Grove ES- Carmen Stafford- (405) 350-3465

Greenvale ES- Barbara Rhodes- (405) 350-3470

John Glenn ES- Bambi Rogers- (405) 350-3480

Winds West ES- Kendra Cope- (405) 350-3475

Intermediate Level:

Bridgestone Intermediate School- Justin Bohnstedt- (405)  350-3420

Middle School and High School Level:

WH Middle School- Ambi Hill-Smith- (405) 350-3445

WH NGC and HS- Carlos Coppage- (405) 350-3435

Speech-Language Coordinator:

Louise Washburn- (405) 350-3485 ext. 4313

District Behavior Specialist

Susan Bouse- (405) 350-3485 ext. 4302

School Psychologist

Johnny Flenory- (405) 350-3485 ext. 4322

If you have any questions regarding your child’s specialized services, please contact

Director of Special Services: Jill Hilst

phone: (405) 261-3067

email: jill.b.hilst@westernheights.k12.ok.us

Special Education Office: (405) 350-3455 ext. 4312

Important Links