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Special Education

The Laguna Beach Unified School District is committed to meeting the needs of all students within the district.  All children identified eligible for special education services between the ages of 3 and 21, who live within the district boundaries, are provided appropriate educational opportunities within the school district, within the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), or in rare cases outside the District/SELPA.  In addition, the district provides services to eligible children under the age of three whose sole disability is deafness, blindness, or certain orthopedic conditions.  

The district offers excellent facilities and dedicated staff members to provide for the needs of the child/student who is identified as learning disabled, emotionally disturbed, orthopedically impaired, having an intellectual disability, deaf, deaf/blind, visually impaired, on the autism spectrum, other health impaired, speech and language impaired and/or traumatic brain injured.  

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is crafted annually for each of our eligible students to ensure that each child receives a free appropriate education designed & tailored to meet his/her needs in the least restrictive environment. Our Special Education staff is eager to partner with you and provide a rich and meaningful educational experience that will meet the unique needs of your child. We are available to assist you at any time should you have any questions or require support.

SOC SELPA Community Advisory Community

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The best way to describe a CAC is to compare it to a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA).  The CAC is a collaborative partnership of parents, educators, and community members in the Saddleback and Laguna Beach Unified School Districts. The CAC is led by parent volunteers. The California Department of Education requires every Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) to establish a CAC to ensure that parents have a voice and a means to be active participants in shaping special education programs and services.

The purpose of the CAC:

  • Review the local plan (local policies, procedures, and programs) to ensure it is consistent with state and federal laws, regulations, and policies for Special Education
  • Provide parent education opportunities, give families an opportunity to communicate with district administrators, connect with other partners, and share resources and support
  • Support activities on behalf of individuals with exceptional needs

CAC meetings are held quarterly and are open to anyone. You are invited to attend, learn more about special education in SELPA and connect with other parents.

For more information please visit: Community Advisory Committee.


Contact Information

Irene White

Irene White

Director of Special Education
DeLayne DeMorgandie

DeLayne DeMorgandie

Special Education/Student Services Specialist
Lila Samia

Lila Samia

School Psychologist