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East County SELPA

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The East County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) is composed of 11 local education agencies (LEA) located in the southeast quarter of San Diego County, going east to the Imperial County line and south to our border with Mexico. To learn more about the role of the SELPA, please visit the County SELPA's page.

The 11 LEAs within the area are:

Most of the districts provide services to preschool students with disabilities, ages 3-5 years. (For more information about Special Education Preschool, click here for information in English or Spanish.) The Grossmont Union High and Mountain Empire Unified school districts also provide special education and transition services for eligible students in the age range of 18-22 years. 

Services are available to children birth to three years old who have significant delays in their development or have a condition with a known probability of causing a disability or delay.  These services are provided by the Cajon Valley Union, Lakeside Union, and La Mesa-Spring Valley school districts.

There are approximately 80,000 students enrolled in the 11 districts, including almost 10,000 students in special education programs. Individual district enrollments vary from less than 200 to over 20,000 students, indicating the need for the wide range of educational offerings available to serve students in the suburban and rural areas of the SELPA.

The East County SELPA is structured to achieve the following goals and make available a full range of educational services to all students with special educational needs, including regional programs for students with low incidence disabilities:

  • Provide an effective governance system for multi-LEA planning and coordination.
  • Provide an integrated system of referral, identification, and service delivery for special education students within the SELPA and in neighboring SELPAs.
  • Optimize the use of limited fiscal resources in support of LEA programs.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive personnel development program.

For help with achieving these goals, the participating school districts seek consultation from the Community Advisory Committee made up of parents, educators and other community members.