Programs & Services

The Special Education program in the Campbell Union High School District serves students from 9th Grade through twenty-one years of age. Instructional and support services are delivered by special education teachers, school psychologists, speech and language pathologists, behavior specialists, occupational therapists, vision specialists and para-educators. In compliance with federal and state law, students with disabilities are served in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent possible. All special education students at all district schools participate as appropriate in general education classrooms. Special education services include individualized specially-designed instruction in academic skills, adaptive skills (e.g. self-help; self-advocacy, community, independent living), communication and language skills, motor skills, social skills, behavior and vocational skills. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed annually for each special education student, and goals and objectives (where appropriate) are written based upon formal and informal testing and ongoing quantitative data.
Campbell Union High School District provides a continuum of services to ensure that all students eligible for special education have available to them a free appropriate public education (FAPE) that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. Students are provided services in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) to the maximum extent appropriate in the general education environment with students who are nondisabled. Services provided in special classes, separate schooling or other removal of students eligible for special education from the general education environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Educational placement of a student eligible for special education is determined annually and made by a group of persons, including the parents, and other persons knowledgeable about the student, the evaluation data, and the placement options.

The Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) offers a range of educational programs for students who qualify for an IEP. The IEP is developed by the Student Success Team (SST) and specifies which services a student will receive by frequency, duration, and location. It will identify how much of a student's day will be spent in the general education setting and how much will be spent in a special education setting, if applicable.


Behavior Specialist

This is the specialist who supports the students and school staff with behavior plans, functional analysis, and creating/modifying behavioral structures for students. 


Camden Post-Secondary

The Camden Post-Secondary Program is comprised of students with special needs ages 18-22 years old. Students graduate with a certificate of completion from high school and are offered an additional four years of school support in preparation for transitioning out of the school system to the adult world. Students in this program are in their last transitional phase. All throughout their K-12 school experience, students with disabilities undergo multiple transitions: early intervention services to preschool, preschool to elementary school, elementary to middle school, middle school to high school, and high school to adulthood. The Camden Post Secondary Program is the last stop prior to students exiting the school system.  As such, the program focuses on training students for adulthood. Although training for adulthood is a life-long and never-ending journey, the program prepares the adult student for a future after exiting the school system. To learn more about the program, please view the Camden Post Secondary website


General Education Program

A student with special needs can be placed in a general education classroom with necessary support services to ensure that his/her educational needs can be met in that setting. 


Hearing Impaired Interpreter

Works with students with hearing impairments who need these services to access their educational program.


Occupational Therapist

School-based occupational therapy is designed to enhance the student's ability to fully access and be successful in the learning environment. This might include working on handwriting or fine motor skills so the child can complete written assignments, helping the child organize himself or herself in the environment (including work space in and around the desk), working with the teacher to modify the classroom and/or adapt learning materials to facilitate successful participation. 


School Nurse

Assists school staff in management of student medical needs.


School Psychologist

Coordinates assessment activities for students referred for Special Education services or in need of a three year reevaluation. They assess in all academic areas, cognitive, behavioral and social/adaptive skill areas.


Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI)

A student may be eligible for a specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) class when the Student Success Team (SST) determines that his/her educational needs cannot be satisfactorily met in general education classes for the majority of the student's day even with the use of support services. Students in Specialized Academic Instruction classes will participate in nonacademic and extracurricular services and activities with their non-disabled peers to the maximum extent appropriate. Those students qualified for special education services will receive services under the direction of the instructional support team. The instructional support team will provide services in an Individual Education Program (IEP) developed by the Student Success Team (SST). The responsibilities of the instructional support team include providing instruction, resource information, monitoring pupil progress on a periodic basis, reviewing/revising Individual Education Programs (IEP's), coordinating services, and consulting with parents and staff. 


Speech and Language Pathologist

Speech and language specialists provide support for articulation, voice, fluency, and language disorders. 



EC Section 56040 states: "Every individual with exceptional needs, who is eligible to receive special education instruction and related services under this part [ Part 30 ] shall receive that instruction and those services at no cost to his or her parents or, as appropriate, to him or her." Special education transportation is defined in federal regulation [34 CFR Section 300.34(c)(16 )] as a related service. Transportation is required to be provided as a related service if it is required to assist a child with a disability benefit from special education. In addition, as required for any special education program, the service must be provided to meet the criteria for a free, appropriate public education as defined in federal regulation 34 CFR Section 300.17.


Vision Specialist

Works with visually impaired students at all levels.