If a child is suspected of having an educational handicap that affects his/her academic success, a parent or teacher may initiate a referral to a Student Success Team.  The SST determines whether a psycho-educational assessment is necessary.  If recommended, assessments will take place within 60 days of the initial request.  If an assessment is not recommended, the Success Team will explain their reasoning in writing.

Once a student has been assessed, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting is held to determine a student’s eligibility for services.  Students may be found eligible in one of 13 categories:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairment
  • Deaf/blind
  • Visual impairment
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hearing impairment
  • Deafness
  • Other health impairment
  • Autism
  • Multiple handicaps
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Intellectual disability

If a student is eligible for services, s/he may receive any combination of services based on his/her IEP, including:

  • Speech and language.  The SUSD Speech and Language Specialist provides support for articulation, voice, fluency, and language disorders.
  • Pull-our support by one of SUSD’s Special Education teachers
  • Mainstream support by one of SUSD’s special education instructional assistants

For information about SUSD’s Special Education department and services, please contact one of our SPED Co-Coordinators:

Tammi Amon 831-455-2550 x360  [email protected]

Kate Pagaran 831-455-8936 x242  [email protected]