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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    BHS Activism Fair (Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym)
    May 24, 2017
    12:05 pm - 3:30 pm
    Outdoor Basketball Courts/ M-Gym
    Track: All Levels NCS Championships vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 27, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Track: All Levels NCS Championships vs TBA, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: May 28, 2017 - 12:00 am
    Location: TBA
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Hayward, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson
    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    May 29, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    Bike Mobile (Main Courtyard)
    June 1, 2017
    11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Main Courtyard
    Bridge Cohort 4 Graduation (Library)
    June 1, 2017
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Leadership Meetings 2016-17 (Library)
    June 5, 2017
    8:30 am - 9:30 am
    Library
    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Berkeley Athletic Fund Meeting (Library)
    June 12, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Library
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 22, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 23, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym
    Freshman Orientation 2017 (Donahue Gym)
    August 24, 2017
    7:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Donahue Gym