The Special Education Department
All of Our Students Deserve a High Quality Education
The Special Education Department provides services to students who qualify as individuals with exceptional needs. IUSD is required by the state of California and the Federal Government to serve these students in specially designed classrooms with teachers who are credentialed in the appropriate special education areas.
This special education office is under the auspices of the District and is part of the Southwest Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA).
Central Special Education Staff
- Psychologists (10)
- Program specialists (4)
- Secretarial staff
- Adaptive Physical Education teachers
School Site Special Education Staff
- Special Day Class teachers in all schools
- School nurses and nurse technicians
- Language and speech pathologists from LACOE
Services We Provide
- Special Education services for students in all IUSD schools in several classroom settings
- Other Special Education services for students who are severely emotionally disturbed, emotionally disturbed, blind, deaf, autistic, and with multiple handicaps—in IUSD Schools, LACOE schools, Southwest SELPA schools, and nonpublic schools.
- Language and speech pathologist services
- Child Find services
- School nurses and nurse technicians
- Adaptive Physical Education
- Occupational Therapy services
- Counseling services
- Southwest SELPA participation
Resource Specialist Program (RSP): Students who experience learning difficulties in one or more subject areas (as measured by formal assessments and identified in their IEP’s) are part of the Resource Specialist Program (RSP). These students attend general education classes and are taught by credentialed special education teachers in the deficit subject area. There are RSP programs at all Inglewood schools.
Special Day Class (SDC): Students who are Learning Handicapped or have other handicapping conditions are taught in Special Day Class (SDC) and can be mainstreamed into general education as specified by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). There are SDC classes at all Inglewood schools.
Learning Handicapped students are those who function 2 or more grade-level years below their actual ability as measured by formal assessments and identified in their IEP’s.
Severely Handicapped (SH) students are developmentally delayed as measured by formal assessments and identified in their IEP’s. Their delays range from mild to severe. They are usually taught in an SH classroom. The Inglewood Unified School District has Severely Handicapped programs at the Child Development Center (pre-K), Daniel Freeman Elementary School, Woodworth Elementary School, Monroe Middle School, and Morningside High School.
Other Special Education Services
Other types of Special Education services are offered to students with the following handicapping conditions: Severely Emotionally disturbed, Emotionally disturbed, Blind, Deaf, Multiple Handicaps, Autism, and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). These students are served in IUSD schools, LACOE schools, or Southwest SELPA schools. If the student’s condition is of such severity that we cannot serve them in the above schools, the student may be referred to a nonpublic school.
Through the Child Find process, the Inglewood Unified School District Special Education Department informs parents of Special Education services that are available and the procedures through which the services can be obtained. Parents are encouraged to ask for Special Education assessments in writing at their home schools.
Designated instructional services (DIS) counseling is provided to students at school sites by psychologists and outside agencies.
Southwest Special Education Local Planning Area (SELPA)
The Inglewood Unified School District is part of the Southwest SELPA. In Southwest SELPA, school district superintendents meet to determine how to implement State Special Education mandates. The SELPA Director provides consultation services to Special Education directors, expedites placing students throughout SELPA schools as needed, assists with solving difficult problems, and provides resources and training.