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Auburn Union School District offers an excellent special education program for those students identified as having exceptional needs. Because it is a serious decision to identify a student as an individual with exceptional needs, the decision must be supported by thorough assessment and professional deliberation.

Based on Education Code § 56303, “A pupil shall be referred for special educational instruction and services only after the resources of the regular education program have been considered, and where appropriate, utilized.” If a student continues to exhibit learning difficulties, each school site conducts a Student Study Team meeting that reviews all potential referrals to special education. An Individual Educational Program (IEP) team composed of assessment team members, other school staff, and the parents review assessment results to determine eligibility for special education services.

Students must meet eligibility criteria for special education in one of the following identification categories, and must require special education services:
  • Significant Adaptive and Intellectual Deficit
  • Hard of Hearing
  • Deafness
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Visual Impairment
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Other Health Impairment
  • Specific Learning Disability
  • Deaf/Blindness
  • Multiple Disability
  • Autistic-Like Behaviors
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Established Medical Disability (ages 3-5 only)

Program options recommended for a student by the IEP team are based upon the student’s strengths, needs, and established goals and objectives. The IEP team must provide a program in the least restrictive setting that is reasonably calculated for that pupil to benefit.