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 tohave access andto participate in the general education program.
What is Special Education in SCUSD?
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.
- A full continuum of special education services, based on individual needs: General Education with supplimental Aids and supports, Designated Instruction and Services (DIS), Resource Specialist Program (RSP), Special Day Classes and Centers (SDC), Nonpublic School Services (NPS) and state schools.
- Access to the general curriculum
- Individual Education Plans (IEPs) as determined by data collection and appropriate assessments.