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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    Volleyball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Home)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA Comments: Jacket Invitational
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Tournament vs TBA (Away)
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: September 23, 2018 - 12:00 am
    Location: Contra Costa College
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: TBA
    American University (pd 1)
    September 24, 2018
    10:00 am - 10:40 am
    CCC D-221
    Columbia College (pd. 4)
    September 24, 2018
    1:09 pm - 1:52 pm
    CCC D-221
    Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) (pd. 6)
    September 24, 2018
    2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
    CCC D-221
    Hockey: Girls Varsity Game vs Lick-Wilmerding (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Lick Wilmerding High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Lick-Wilmerding
    Water Polo: Girls Varsity Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 5:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 5:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    Water Polo: Girls JV Game vs San Marin (Home)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: September 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: San Marin
    AHA Classes (pds. 1-2)
    September 25, 2018
    8:30 am - 10:40 am
    CCC D-221
    Vanderbilt University (pd. 4)
    September 25, 2018
    12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
    CCC D-221
    Tennis: Girls All Levels Match vs Hayward (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward
    Volleyball: Girls Freshman Game vs San Leandro (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: September 25, 2018 - 4:00 pm
    Location: San Leandro High - Main Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: San Leandro