Special Education Department Overview

Lead Teacher: Eileen Jacobs and Lena Sweeney
Vice-Principal:Susannah Bell

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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    Basketball: Girls Varsity Tournament vs Modesto Christian (Away)
    Starts: 10:00 am
    Ends: January 21, 2019 - 10:00 am
    Location: Bishop O'Dowd High School
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Modesto Christian
    Soccer: Boys Freshman Game vs Bishop O'Dowd (Home)
    Starts: 11:00 am
    Ends: January 21, 2019 - 11:00 am
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: nonconference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Black Girls Rise
    January 22, 2019
    3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
    Room D218
    Soccer: Girls JV Game vs Mt. Eden (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: January 22, 2019 - 4:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Mt. Eden
    Soccer: Girls Varsity Game vs Mt. Eden (Home)
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: January 22, 2019 - 6:00 pm
    Location: Berkeley High School - Jacket Stadium
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Mt. Eden
    Open Gym Basketball (Jacket Gym)
    January 23, 2019
    11:30 am - 12:20 pm
    Jacket Gym
    Soccer: Boys JV Game vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Arroyo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Soccer: Boys Varsity Game vs Arroyo (Away)
    Starts: 3:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 3:30 pm
    Location: Arroyo High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Arroyo
    Basketball: Boys JV Game vs Bishop O'Dowd (Home)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Berkeley High - Donahue Gym
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Basketball: Girls JV Game vs Bishop O'Dowd (Away)
    Starts: 4:00 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Bishop O'Dowd High School
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Bishop O'Dowd
    Volleyball: Boys Varsity Preseason Coaches' Meeting vs Hayward, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 4:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 4:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High A-Hall
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: Hayward, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Bishop O'Dowd, San Leandro, Tennyson
    Swimming: All Levels Preseason Coaches' Meeting vs TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson (Away)
    Starts: 5:30 pm
    Ends: January 23, 2019 - 5:30 pm
    Location: Hayward High A-Hall
    Description: Type: conference Opponent: TBA, Alameda, Arroyo, Berkeley, Castro Valley, Encinal, Mt. Eden, Bishop O'Dowd, Piedmont, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Tennyson