Families with students with special needs experience a unique set of rewards and challenges. As students enter our district, please know that we are ready to assist in this transition process.
To support the work of the Academic Office and prepare students to be college career ready, the Special Education department supports families through the assessment, eligibility and provision of specially designed academic instruction to assist students to achieve their maximum potential. We offer a full continuum of services for eligible students with special needs. Eligible students receive specialized academic instruction and related services to meet their unique needs as recommended in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Special Education Services are provided only after all resources of the general education program have been considered and utilized.
The department leads the Inclusive Practices initiative, providing greater opportunities for students with special needs to have access and to participate in the general education program.
It is the vision of the Sacramento City Unified School District’s Special Education Department to support and sustain the educational structures and practices to be inclusive of all students with or without disabilities, to empower them to become responsible and productive citizens in today’s global society.
Each student will:
Be given access to rigorous teaching and learning
Be appropriately supported to access general education curriculum
Special Education is provided to students, birth through 21 years of age, who meet eligibility criteria. These students receive specialized academic instruction and related services designed to meet their special education needs, as recommended in their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Special Education services are provided only after all resources of the general education program have been considered and utilized.
Alternative Dispute Resolution, or ADR, is a process for resolving conflicts in a manner that respects the dignity of individuals while creating mutually satisfying solutions. ADR uses communication, collaboration, negotiations, and mediations to produce an agreement that meets the interests of parties involved. When participating in Alternative Dispute Resolution, parents and district maintain the right to seek state-level due process.
Special Education Local Plan Areas (SELPAs) are made up of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) for the puposes of Special Education. Each SELPA develops a Local Plan describing how it will provide Special Education Services and how all Federal and State funds directed for Special Education Services will be delivered. SCUSD is a signle district SELPA and is governed by a Local Plan adopted by the Board of Education on June 2, 2003. This plan was further updated on June 21, 2007 as part of the SELPA assurances as required by law. No further updates are req