Sonoma County Office of Education

Special Education

Kindergarten to High School

On behalf of local school districts, the Special Education department operates a variety of special day classes for school-age students who have severe physical, emotional, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. Over 300 special education students are served each day in these SCOE classrooms, which are located across the county. The kindergarten to high school classes are specialized to meet the needs of students who are medically fragile, have other severe physical or cognitive disabilities, or exhibit emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

Although each classroom is unique, the following descriptors highlight some of the programs used in selected SCOE classes.

Structured Learning Programs

SCOE offers structured learning programs for students who have needs that require a highly structured environment. These classes use a variety of research-based methodologies, including TEACCH, Discrete Trial, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices (eg. Picture Exchange Communication System), Pivotal Response Training, social cognition training, and relationship development. The department also participates in collaborative autism diagnosis through a partnership with the North Bay Regional Center and local districts.

Programs for Students with Severe Disabilities

SCOE offers programs and assistance for students who have medically fragile conditions and/or severe disabilities. These classes are taught by staff with specific training for meeting the needs of students with significant medical, cognitive, and communication concerns. The classrooms have specialized equipment and resources to assist students with learning. Adaptive technology and alternative communication options are made available to students as determined by their IEP.

Programs for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD)

SCOE developed the TREC (Teaching Responsibility, Educating, Counseling) Program to meet the unique needs of students who exhibit emotional and behavioral challenges. The program is dedicated to helping these students manage significant emotional reactions, learn to behave responsibly, increase positive social interactions, increase resilience, and improve academic progress. The program consists of a continuum of special education classes designed to give students access to the core curriculum in a setting that also allows them to benefit from individual and small group counseling and social skills training. Education-related mental health services are also infused throughout the school day.

Contact Information

K-12 Programs

SCOE Special Education
K-12 Programs
5340 Skylane Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fax (707) 578-3156

Jennifer Lux, Principal

Jennifer Lux

Contacts

  • Jennifer Lux, Principal
    (707) 524-2940, jlux@scoe.org
  • Christina Veatch, School Psychologist
    (707) 992-1133,  cveatch@scoe.org
  • Michelle Garcia, School Office Coordinator
    (707) 524-2940, mgarcia@scoe.org

EBD and 9-12 Programs

SCOE Special Education
EBD and 9-12 Programs
5340 Skylane Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fax (707) 578-3156

Tyson Dickinson, Principal

Tyson Dickinson

Contacts

  • Tyson Dickinson, Principal
    (707) 524-2862, tdickinson@scoe.org
  • Megan Truelove, School Office Coordinator
    (707) 524-2862, mtruelove@scoe.org
  • Ryan Pepin, School Psychologist
    707-522-3169, rpepin@scoe.org

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