An Overview of Special Education
The North Monterey County Unified School District is committed to providing a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for eligible preschoolers, school-age students and young adults with disabilities in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) to meet each student’s individual needs.
Special education is provided to students based upon the individual needs of the student and the recommendations of the student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team. The IEP team develops an IEP, a legal document that describes the services that the NMCUSD will provide for each student who is eligible for special education.
Special education services are provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a federal law that was signed into law in 1997, then reauthorized in 2004 as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004.
NMCUSD provides a continuum of services in order to meet the individual needs of our students. These program and services include the following:
- Special Education Programs
- Resource Program
- Collaborative Teaching
- Mild/Moderate Self-Contained
- Moderate/Severe Self-Contained
- Young Adult Transition Program
- Special Education Services
- Specialized Academic Instruction
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Adaptive Physical Education
- Psychological Services
- Specialized Health Care
- Transition Services
- Behavior Intervention