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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 over 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.

If you are a parent who suspects your child may have a disability requiring special education or related services in order to receive a benefit from their education, contact your local school district, Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA); or the San Diego County Office of Education for information and assistance.  Federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability and require public schools to provide free appropriate public education (FAPE) to children with disabilities pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Specialists in determining eligibility and educating students with disabilities will assess your child, at no cost to you, and determine whether your child is eligible for special education or related services under the standards of each act. Programs are offered by the public schools throughout San Diego County for children with disabilities between the ages of birth and 21. School districts may not discriminate on the basis of handicap, sex, race, national origin or age against any person who qualifies as a person with a disability.

For further information regarding special education programs and services, contact your local school district or Special Education Local Plan (SELPA).