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Placement and Services

The Capistrano Unified School District is committed to the identification and service of students with special needs within the least restrictive environment (LRE) and with access to the regular education curriculum. One of the major requirements of special education is that students are educated in the LRE. This means that a student should be placed in a program that can meet the individual student’s needs and does so with a minimum loss of contact with general education programs. Assignment to special classes, programs, or schools, or other removal of the student from the general education environment occurs when the nature and severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes, with or without the use of supplementary aids and/or services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily.

The Capistrano Unified School District offers a continuum service for all students in special education based on needs identified by the student’s IEP team.  The continuum is fluid and programming options are highly individualized for each student based on the student’s unique strengths and areas of needs.  Programming options are discussed and decided on as an IEP team.  For the description of a specific program, please see brochures about various programs under the resources link.  If you have questions about the continuum of services, this can be discussed in an IEP team meeting.


Other Options and Placements

To meet the needs of students with disabilities who require very specialized instructional settings, the District has joint agreements with surrounding school districts that operate specialized programs such as a regionalized program for the deaf, the school for the deaf, programs for students with visual impairments, and specialized programs for students with cognitive impairments. The Orange County Department of Education also operates several programs that are available for students with severe disabilities. Several of these County Programs are located at District school sites. The District also has joint agreements with different agencies to provide specialized services.


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