Special Education Department Overview

Lead Teacher: Eileen Jacobs and Susannah Bell
Vice-Principal: Diane Colborn

Special Education Department Staff

Berkeley High School serves approximately 320 students with Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s). Special Education services at the high school meet the diverse requirements of students with a wide range of learning needs, from mild to moderate learning disabilities to severe cognitive and physical differences. In accordance with the mandate to provide the least restrictive environment for all students, special education staff members provide students with the most inclusive program possible. Special education teachers collaborate with and support general education teachers. All learning communities are able to meet the needs of all students with IEP’s, and educational specialists work with the staff of each learning community to make the curriculum accessible. Special educators teach literacy, math and transition with the twin goals of increasing student success in general education and of promoting positive post-secondary outcomes. Students’ school programs are designed through the IEP process and may include single or multiple periods of inclusive education support. The IEP process also focuses on building skills needed for post secondary transition, sometimes including job placements, individualized programs that enable students to make up needed credits, and classes explicitly preparing students for life after high school.

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    UC Santa Cruz with admitted seniors (11:00)
    April 26, 2018
    11:00 am - 11:30 am
    CCC D-221
    Pre Med Meeting (4th period)
    April 26, 2018
    12:24 pm - 1:22 pm
    CCC D-221
    Laurel's class (5th)
    April 26, 2018
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    CCC, D-221
    Track: All Levels Meet vs Hayward, Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward, Alameda, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro Comments: Alameda vs. HaywardAlameda vs. San LeandroHayward vs. Castro ValleyCastro Valley vs. San Leandro
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Game vs Alameda (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Golf: Boys All Levels Postseason Coaches' Meeting vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 6:00 pm
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Postseason Coaches' Meeting vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo (Away)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High A-Hall
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: April 28, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Lacrosse: Girls Varsity Game vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: April 28, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Oakland Tech High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA
    Lacrosse: Girls JV Game vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: April 28, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Oakland Tech High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: April 27, 2018 - 11:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, Tennyson
    Laurel's Class (5th)
    April 27, 2018
    1:30 pm - 2:30 pm