In Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) we provide a full continuum of special education services and placements for students who are eligible with an Individual Education Plan (IEP).
A Specialized Program, also known as a Self-Contained Class, is one component of the continuum. In CVUSD, we offer Mild to Moderate Specialized Programs for students who present with academic learning difficulties and require more support across the school day than can be provided in the learning center or general education classroom.
Placement into one of our Language and Learning Specialized Programs is discussed during an IEP meeting and is an IEP team decision. Our University Preschool (Be-Me) campus supports preschool students ages 3-5 years old, Aspen Elementary and Acacia Elementary support students in grades Transitional Kindergarten (TK) through 5th grade. CVUSD does not provide Language and Learning Specialized Programs at the middle or high school levels. Rather, specialized academic instruction is available via various models such as small group pull-out instruction into a special education setting for a specific section/content area (e.g. language arts and math) and/or through co-teaching classes in the general education setting. Therefore, students who previously attended Aspen or Acacia Specialized Program can attend any middle school in CVUSD and have their needs met.
To sufficiently support our students in our Language and Learning Specialized Programs, we maintain a low teacher to student ratio of approximately one teacher to 12 students and staff each class with one paraeducator, who under the direct supervision of the teacher, assists students. Additionally our related service providers (e.g. School psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Adapted Physical Education Specialists) work closely with the special education teachers and paraeducators to support the academic learning of all students.
The Language and Learning Specialized Programs use curriculum aligned with common core standards and provide accommodations and/or modifications based upon the needs of each student as indicated in the IEP. The Language and Learning Specialized Program provides specialized academic instruction using multi-modalities in a structured, language-based program, which includes high level of scaffolding, repetition, accommodation, and modification throughout the instructional day. The classroom teacher and paraeducators are always working to maximize the student’s access and opportunities in a general education setting.