Special Education

The goal of the Special Education Department is to offer a wide continuum of services to all students with disabilities as appropriate to meet their needs in grades 9–12 (up to age 22 years of age). Services are delivered in the student’s least restrictive environment, at no cost to the family, based on needs determined by the individual education plan (IEP).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Special Education Department at Santa Cruz Valley Union High School is to provide students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. General education classes, resource classes (English, math, social studies, science), and life skills classes are options available to the students depending on their disability and individual needs. We assign each special education student to a case manager to monitor and ensure the implementation of that student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Case managers work together with support personnel, school administration, parents/guardians, and the individual student to develop and implement strategies that meet the needs of both the student and the parents to assure that any student with disabilities is fully included in the school’s instructional and extracurricular programs.

Child Find

Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires public education agencies to locate, identify, and evaluate children with disabilities, aged birth through 21, located within their boundaries of responsibility who are in need of early intervention or special education services. A list of the local school contacts for Child Find support, including the information for children ages birth to age five, is located here.