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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    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    March 27, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    BHS Arts Extravaganza (Quad & Senior Steps)
    March 27, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Quad & Senior Steps
    All-School Mailing (Conf Room B)
    March 27, 2017
    11:30 am - 3:30 pm
    Conf Room B
    BHS Arts Extravaganza (Quad & Senior Steps)
    March 28, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Quad & Senior Steps
    Golf: Boys All Levels Match vs Castro Valley, Berkeley, Encinal (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Monarch Bay
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley, Berkeley, Encinal
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Game vs Castro Valley (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Castro Valley High - Auxiliary Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Castro Valley
    Baseball: Boys Varsity Game vs San Lorenzo (Home) (Date changed from 03-24-17)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Tim Moellering Field
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
    Baseball: Boys JV Game vs San Lorenzo (Away) (Date changed from 03-24-17)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Lorenzo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
    Badminton: All Levels Match vs Arroyo (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: March 28, 2017 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    BHS Arts Extravaganza (Quad & Senior Steps)
    March 29, 2017
    11:15 am - 12:15 pm
    Quad & Senior Steps
    Swimming: All Levels Meet vs Bishop O'Dowd (Home)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: March 29, 2017 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Softball: Girls JV Game vs San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: March 29, 2017 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Leandro High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro