Special Education Programs offered at LESD

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At LESD, we BELIEVE in ALL of our children and live and breathe those beliefs every day! This means that we work diligently at providing the very best programming for each and every one of our children with Individualized Educational Plans.

We BELIEVE that every one of our children need to be with their general education peers to the maximum extent appropriate while providing each with an intense individualized program. Each one of our schools has a resource program where children can receive a combination of instruction within their general education classroom and intensive intervention within the resource room. 


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When children require a higher level of support, we have many different focused programs to meet the diverse needs of our student population.


Structured Teaching, Research-Based, Inclusion and Data-Driven Education

Corte Sierra Elementary, Dreaming Summit Elementary, Mabel Padgett Elementary, Scott Libby Elementary and Wigwam Creek Middle School have programs that focuses on the needs of children on the autism spectrum in a structured teaching environment. This program utilizes the use of research based practices including Structured Teaching, Applied Behavior Analysis, positive behavior supports, visual supports and inclusion.


Lifelong Academic and Behavioral Strategies

Verrado Elementary School, Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School and Verrado Middle School programs focus behavior and social skills. The children in this program are cognitively and academically ready for success but they need intense support in developing appropriate social and behavior skills to be successful within the general education environment. 


Social, Academic, Inclusion and Life Skills

Palm Valley Elementary School, L. Thomas Heck Middle School and Litchfield Elementary School programs focus on the needs of children with intellectual disabilities and/or with multiple disabilities. The focus is on meeting the unique needs of each child through the use of sensory, academics, functional academics, daily living skills, social and communication skills.

Litchfield Elementary School has the program for medically fragile students in grades K through 8 who have specific medical needs which require a safe environment and specialized healthcare procedures specific for their health needs. The classroom is staffed with a classroom nurse and additional support staff. 


Scott Libby Elementary School has the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program which is designed to bridge the transition from preschool and kindergarten for students who require more individualized support.  TK follows the same curriculum as the general education kindergarten classrooms but does so with a smaller student to staff ratio and more intense supports and gradual inclusion plan. The goal of this program is to prepare the students to successfully transition to a general education first grade classroom with resource support services, as needed.


This program at Scott Libby Elementary School is for students in grades kindergarten through second grade. The program is designed for students who have a significant delay in language development or a communication disorder which impacts their communication in an educational setting. The program is designed to provide a setting with a smaller class size and staff support to address each child's communication and language needs through intensive, daily instruction. The goal is to integrate into general education or transition to another program to meet ongoing needs by third grade.



The Western Sky Middle School program was designed with an academic focus to bridge the gap between elementary and middle schools for students who require more support.  Students in this program will be included in the general education setting for a portion of the day as appropriate to individual needs and will also focus on social and self-advocacy skills.