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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    9th Grade Freshman Orientation (Donahue Gym + 54 classrooms)
    August 22, 2018
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm
    Donahue Gym + 54 classrooms
    Football: JV Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: August 24, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Alameda High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Alameda
    Football: Varsity Game vs Alameda (Away)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: August 24, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Alameda High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Alameda
    Golf: Girls All Levels Match vs Arroyo (Home)
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: August 30, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Tilden Park
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Football: JV Game vs Foothill (Away)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: August 31, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Foothill High School (Pleasanton)
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Foothill
    Football: Varsity Game vs Foothill (Away)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: August 31, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Foothill High School (Pleasanton)
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Foothill
    Golf: Girls All Levels Match vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: September 5, 2018 - 3:00 pm
    Location: Skywest Golf Course
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Tennis: Girls All Levels Match vs San Lorenzo (Home)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: September 6, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Channing Way Courts
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Lorenzo
    Volleyball: Girls JV Game vs Hayward (Home)
    Starts: 4:15 pm
    Ends: September 6, 2018 - 4:15 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Volleyball: Girls Varsity Game vs Hayward (Home)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: September 6, 2018 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Football: JV Game vs Milpitas (Home)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: September 7, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Milpitas
    Football: Varsity Game vs Milpitas (Home)
    Starts: 7:30 pm
    Ends: September 7, 2018 - 7:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Milpitas