Special Education Department

  • Mission Statement

    It is Stockton Unified’s and the Department of Special Education’s responsibility to provide every student with individualized high-quality instruction and a well-rounded educational experience while promoting success and developing personal independence through leadership, advocacy, technical assistance, and collaboration among stakeholders.

    Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)

    It is the policy of Stockton Unified School District SELPA that a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) is available to all children residing in the SELPA between the ages of three and 21, including students with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled. Appropriate education is that combination of educational and related service(s) as determined on an individual basis to the meet the unique needs of each individual in order to benefit from their access to educational opportunities.

    The SUSD SELPA is responsible for assuring that pupils have full educational opportunities. The Local Educational Agency has available to all of its’ children with disabilities the variety of educational programs and services available to non-disabled children including non-academic and extra-curricular services and activities that afford children with disabilities an educational opportunity for participation. 

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Support

    Throughout the years, the IDEA, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and other State and Federal regulations have made significant changes that impact the way that parents, teachers, and administrators go about the important task of working together to ensure quality education for students with disabilities. On-going consultation is available to parents and educators regarding the implementation of these regulations. In addition, SELPA provides ongoing training in the use of the online Individual Education Plan (IEP) program and IEP content workshops to assist educators and CASEMIS managers in implementing these changes and to safeguard compliance to these regulations.