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Special Education

As part of the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) provides a special education program for school-age multi-handicapped students at Friendship School and special education services for students at Juvenile Court and Community Schools (JCCS) throughout San Diego County. 

The HOPE Infant Family Support Program provides early intervention services for eligible children birth to 3-years-old and their families as mandated under the California Early Start Program, Part C of IDEA, for four special education local plan areas (SELPAs): NCCSE, NISER, Poway, and South County.

In addition to direct services to students, SDCOE provides support in the following areas: 

  • Development of interagency agreements and memorandums of understanding
  • Leadership of countywide special education staff development
  • Coordination of non-public schools, including development of master contracts, rate setting, and program quality review

For questions or concerns about SDCOE's special education schools, please contact each school directly. For information about special education services at districts throughout San Diego County, please contact the district directly, or the SELPA that represents that district. Details and contact information can be found on the SELPA webpages

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Davila Day School

Davila Day School’s mission is to provide Deaf and hard-of-hearing students with a comprehensive, fully accessible and language-rich learning environment that offers equal access to the general education curriculum and standards. With this environment, students have opportunities to achieve their goals and reach their full potential.

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Friendship School

Located in Imperial Beach, Friendship School is a special education school with an award-winning multi-sensory environment and individualized support services. Friendship serves as many as 50 students between the ages of 3 and 22 from southern San Diego County who have multiple severe disabilities with health impairments.

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North County Academy

North County Academy is designed to meet the academic and therapeutic needs of students with mental health concerns. The school serves K-12 students with Individual Education Programs, helping them acquire the skills needed to re-integrate into a more comprehensive and less restrictive setting.

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Cara Schukoske
Executive Director of Special Education

Renee Zartner
Administrative Assistant

For questions or concerns about SDCOE's special education schools, please contact each school directly.

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