Sonoma County Office of Education

Special Education


Special Education

Contact Us

Please call 707-524-2710 to access the SCOE Special Education Department.

This department offers specialized instructional services for children ages 3 to 22 who have physical, emotional, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. It runs several programs funded by school districts and state/federal grants:

  • Countywide early childhood education program
  • Daily classroom instruction for the county’s most severely disabled school-age students
  • Transition Program to help students, age 18-22, meet the challenges of the adult world

It also supports students at district schools who have hearing or vision impairments. The Non-Public Schools Program runs and funds educational services for special education students placed in licensed children’s institutions by governmental agencies.


About 280 specially trained staff members serve about 80 school and community sites in Sonoma County with the following services:

  • Special day classes
  • Adaptive Physical Education
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Occupational and physical therapy
  • Support for visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students
  • Orientation and mobility training
  • Vocational training
  • Counseling
  • Positive behavioral support
  • Assessments.

A high-quality education

Each student receives an education that is:

  • High-quality
  • In the least-restrictive environment
  • Standards-based
  • Preparation for a successful transition to the highest possible level of independence.