What is Special Education?
Under the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), schools that receive any federal funding must provide
all students with a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) regardless of disability. FAPE is defined as appropriate special education and
related services and aids that support a disabled student in the least restrictive
environment (LRE). Students who meet the criteria for Special Education services as
defined in IDEA and the California Education Code are placed on an Individual Education
Plan (IEP).This plan outlines academic goals the student is trying to achieve and the
support services the school has put in place to assist the student in reaching these
goals. Additionally, each student on an IEP is
assigned a case manager that oversees this IEP and makes sure the students needs are being
In order to meet the IDEA
regulations and California Education codes, TPHS offers a variety of special education
services to support students who have a documented disability and are eligible for an
Individual Education Plan (IEP).These services include, but are not limited to core level
academic courses, re-teach courses, team-taught courses, school psychologist services,
speech and language pathologist services, occupational therapy, assistive technology, and
adapted physical education.
How are students eligible to receive Special Education
Students are eligible to receive special education services if:
They meet the criteria for one
of the disabling conditions outlined in IDEA.
Because of this disabling
condition their academic progress is being impacted.
The support services provided
on the IEP have to be over and above those that could be provided in the regular education
What are the 14 disabling
Specific Learning Disability (SLD)
Other Health Impairment (OHI)
Speech and Language Impaired (SLI)
Orthopedically Impaired (OI)
Mental Retardation (MR)
Emotionally Disturbed (ED)
Hard of Hearing
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Established Medical Disability (age 0-5 yrs).
Eligibility is determined based upon a psycho-educational battery of
assessments that is completed and interpreted by a qualified SDUHSD representative.