Special Education Programs
Services for students with special needs.
Director: Jackie Figueroa (310) 263-3188
Under IDEIA 2004 all school districts are required to provide the educational experiences needed for each child to receive educational benefit in the least restrictive environment. The support programs listed below represent a continuum of services provided in Centinela Valley Union High School District from the least restrictive environment (LRE) to the most restrictive environment.
General Education - Students participate in classes with accommodations to meet the A-G requirements and have full access to academy courses, honors courses, and AP courses. As appropriate, students are enrolled in a period of Learning Center (elective credit given). Learning Center consists of strategies for study skills, organization, time management, homework assistance, note taking support, test taking and accommodations, writing strategies, quiet areas for testing, as well as monitoring of progress and addressing individual goals of students.
Co-Taught Classes – Co-taught courses are considered general education classes with two teachers, one general educator and one special education teacher, who teach and support all students. The two teachers will utilize essential standards, accommodations, and various co-teaching strategies to assist students in acquiring the academic information. These courses qualify for A-G admission. One third of students in a co-taught course may have an IEP, and the remainder of students do not have an IEP. Students who are diploma-bound but need support and some individualized attention in meeting standards are encouraged to participate in the program. As appropriate, students are enrolled in a period of Learning Center (elective credit given). Learning Center consists of strategies for study skills, organization, time management, homework assistance, note taking support, test taking and accommodations, writing strategies, quiet areas for testing, as well as monitoring of progress and addressing individual goals of students.
Specialized Academic Instruction Classes (SAI) – Specialized Academic Instruction follows a modified curriculum and utilizes essential standards for the curriculum in a small group setting. Instructors for these classes are credentialed special education teachers, and curriculum does not meet A-G standards due to the extent of curriculum modification. These classes are often smaller in size, with around 15 students per class for additional support. Students can receive a diploma or a certificate of completion (if additional transitions services will be needed upon graduation) and receive individualized attention with accommodations and modifications to the core academic subjects. The students also participate in general education for physical education and the elective classes.
Functional Life Skills with Community Based Instruction – This program is designed for students who need to develop basic academic skills, daily living, recreation, leisure skills and skills for future employment. Small group and direct instruction in reading, math, and social skills are addressed during different periods. Skills are taught based on IEP goals and objectives. Community based instruction is a component of this program. Students are included into general education classes for physical education and most elective classes. This is a non - diploma program. Students receive a Certificate of Completion allowing them to continue with transition program services after their four years of high school.
Adult Transition Program –This program is designed for adults aged 18 to 22 years old who require support in functional academics, independent living skills, health and nutrition, vocational support and recreation and leisure skills. Students in this program cannot have received a diploma from high school, as they are continuing their education.