Special Education

Department Members: (click names to access their class website)

Cristina Campisano        Elizabeth Engelberg               Madison Pelzel            Carla Sands

What is Special Education?

Students who meet the criteria for Special Education services as defined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the California Education Code are placed on an Individual Education Plan (IEP). This plan outlines academic goals the student is trying to achieve and the support services the school has put in place to assist the student in reaching these goals. Additionally, each student on an IEP is assigned a case manager to oversee the plan and makes sure student's needs are being met.

In order to meet the IDEA regulations and California Education codes, Carmel Valley Middle School offers a variety of special education services to support students with a documented disability that are eligible for an Individual Education Plan (IEP). These services include, but are not limited to:

  • Core level academic courses
  • School psychologist services
  • Learning Commons
  • Speech and language pathologist services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Assistive technology
 Key links to help understand our Special Education program and find additional resources for support:

Transitional Alternative Program (TAP): The San Dieguito Union High School District’s Transitional Alternative Programs (TAP) are located on selected middle school and high school campuses. Currently this program is at Carmel Valley MS, Oak Crest MS, La Costa Canyon HS, Torrey Pines HS. TAP is developed for students who require functional, social, vocational, and independent living skills which are necessary in preparation for a successful adult life. TAP provides a successful path for students on a certificate of completion track. Students in TAP are typically significantly below grade level in academics and adaptive behavior when compared to their same aged peers. Students in TAP participate regularly with community based learning and involvement with Workability job exploration which prepares them for successful independent life skills after for post-secondary outcomes. A student’s placement in the TAP program is made by an IEP team with the possibility of mainstreaming in general education and fundamental level courses. 

North Coastal Consortium for Special Education - On this page you will find information for parents and family members of children who receive or who may be eligible for special education services within the 14 school districts that comprise the North Coastal Consortium for Special Education (NCCSE).  It is designed to connect you to useful resources, to help you understand special education services, and to resolve concerns or questions you may have about those services.