Public Schools: Special Education

See also:
School Learning – K-12 Education – Private Schools: Special Education

Contact the special education department for your district of residence (below) or for ‘one-school’ districts, contact the principal to find out about requesting an evaluation for your child, to request services, for program compliance, to locate school special education programs, or to obtain other help related to 504, IEP, and other services.

California State

California Department of Education State Special Schools
Click on the links to see information on the State Schools for the Deaf, School for the Blind, Diagnostic Centers, or the Deaf and Hard of Hearing programs. Some programs offer residential and day programs.

Monterey County

Monterey County Office of Education

Coral Academy of Monterey Charter School

North Monterey County

San Benito County

San Benito County Office of Education

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara County Office of Education – Special Education

School Directory for Special Education Classrooms

Santa Cruz County

Bonny Doon Elementary School District Office
Contact the principal at 427-2300

Happy Valley School District
Contact the principal at 429-1456

Live Oak School District
831-475-6333 Ext. 209

Mountain School District Office
Contact the principal at 475-6812

Pacific Elementary School District
Contact the principal at 425-7002

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

SELPA (Special Services)
294 Green Valley Road, Watsonville, CA

Special Ed Services and Programs

Duncan Holbert School
130 Herman Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
831-336-9678 Ext. 114  -  Sandi Reimer, Director
831-336-9678 Ext. 107  -  Beth Leslie, Administrative Assistant

Santa Cruz City Schools Special Education
831-429-3410 Ext. 201

Santa Cruz North County SELPA (Special Education Local Area)  - Cheryl Knox, Administrative Assistant
400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz

North Santa Cruz County SELPA Districts and Programs Directory
Districts List:
Programs Directory:

Santa Cruz County Office of Education Special Education Classes

Early Start Program
The Early Start Program serves special needs infants and toddlers, ages birth to three years of age. These multidisciplinary services are provided to students and their families in cooperation with San Andreas Regional Center in home, community, and center-based environments.

Developmental Preschool Program
The preschool program serves students, ages three to five years. Two developmental preschool classrooms focus upon developmental skills, mobility, fine motor, communication, and social skills.

Preschool Autism Program
Chrysalis Autism Center
Two SCCOE classrooms, operated in collaboration with the Listen Foundation, integrate several methods and strategies such as TEACCH floor time, applied behavioral analysis, and sensory integration to teach social, communication, academic, and functional skills to address the needs of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Program for Students Challenged by Severe Handicaps

Elementary: Three classrooms integrate basic skills, life skills, and communication for students challenged by severe handicaps (SH). All classrooms include medically fragile students and students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Middle: Two SH classroom provides students with exposure to functional curriculum, prevocational skills, and specialized training focused upon individual student needs.

Secondary: Three SH classrooms integrate functional skills curriculum and pre-vocational and vocational skill training programs.  Students in SH classrooms at all levels have opportunities for inclusion in general education classes and activities.

Program for Post Secondary Students
This program provides the opportunity for students 18-22 years of age who did not graduate from high school to receive vocational skill training and job experiences in the community. A work experience specialist collaborates with community agencies and local employers in developing individualized programs for each student.

Program for Students Challenged by Emotional Disturbance
Six classrooms for students challenged by Emotional Disturbance (ED) operate in collaboration with Santa Cruz County Mental Health. Three classrooms are at the elementary, one at middle school, and two at high school level. Behavioral and academic progress aligned to general education classroom expectations and curriculum is the focus. Students receive specific training in social skills, communication, and self-esteem

Scotts Valley Unified School DistrictEvelyn Clancy, Director of Educational Services/Special Education Director
831-438-2055 Ext 106

Soquel Union District Office - Kathleen Howard, Superintendent