Special education ensures that the unique needs of students with disabilities are met through additional services, supports, programs, specialized placements, or environments. Special education services are provided to eligible students at no cost to families. The core purpose of special education is to provide specially specialized academic instruction and intervention, as well as to give students with disabilities access to the same educational programs and/or activities that are available to their nondisabled peers to the maximum extent possible. Special Education provides a full continuum of program options to meet the educational and service needs of individuals with exceptional needs in the Least Restrictive Environment.
Special Education is specialized instruction provided for children from birth to age 22 who qualify according to the laws and regulations outlined by the state and federal government. A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
The Special Education Department is aligned with the Irvine USD Guiding Principles that support the learning of all students:
• Instill a love of and joy for learning within our students.
• Demonstrate our passion for teaching and learning.
• Collaborate to maximize our impact on student learning.
• Evaluate the effect of our teaching on student learning and achievement.
• Know our impact. Understand that the success and failure in student learning IS about what we do or do not do well.
• Focus on evidence of student learning.
• Maintain high expectations for all students.
• Listen to and learn from our students.
• Create intellectually safe and engaging learning environments.
• Invite parents to be our partners in improving student achievement.