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District Programs

Laguna Beach Unified School District is committed to identifying, locating, and assessing all students within the District from birth through 21 years of age who may have disabilities to determine special education eligibility. We are dedicated to providing eligible students with disabilities a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws.

Laguna Beach Unified School District offers a continuum of special education program options. The District also works collaboratively with Saddleback Valley Unified School District and Capistrano Unified School District (Adult Transition Programs only) to meet the needs of our students.

Program options include:

  • General education with accommodations
  • General education with specialized academic instruction and other related services
  • Special classes located on public school campus
  • Special schools to include programs operated by the Orange County Department of Education and state schools
  • Nonpublic schools

Additionally, the IEP team must consider and determine, based on assessments, if a student is in need of related services to benefit from the core program. If a need is identified, the services are included in the student’s IEP. Related services means transportation and such developmental, corrective, and other supportive services as are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education, and includes speech-language pathology and audiology services, interpreting services, psychological services, physical and occupational therapy, recreation, including therapeutic recreation, early identification and assessment of disabilities in children, counseling services, including rehabilitation counseling, orientation and mobility services, and medical services for diagnostic or evaluation purposes. Related services also include school health services and school nurse services, social work services in schools, and parent counseling and training.