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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    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    April 25, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Tennis: Boys All Levels Match vs Castro Valley (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: April 25, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Castro Valley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    AP Environmental Science Final Exam (Jacket Gym)
    April 25, 2017
    3:45 pm - 5:30 pm
    Jacket Gym
    Badminton: All Levels Match vs Castro Valley (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 25, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Castro Valley High - Main Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    April 26, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Softball: Girls Varsity Game vs Arroyo (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Baseball: Boys Varsity Game vs Alameda (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Tim Moellering Field
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Softball: Girls JV Game vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Arroyo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Baseball: Boys JV Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: April 26, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Alameda High - Lincoln Park
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Alameda
    Book Drives (C Bldg Gallery)
    April 27, 2017
    1:00 pm - 1:01 pm
    C Bldg Gallery
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Game vs Castro Valley (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: April 27, 2017 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    Badminton: All Levels Match vs Tennyson (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: April 27, 2017 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Tennyson