Special Education & Student Support Services
Central Unified School District provides special education services to children ages three to 22 in a variety of programs. From preschool to adult education, we offer a full continuum of service. We have a strong inclusion preschool program for our three and four- year- old students with significant needs. In this program they are educated alongside their same age group, typically developing peers fostering strong bonds of friendship and peer models. At the elementary level, we offer Resource Specialist Program (RSP) support at all sites and have regional Special Day Class (SDC) programs. Each region houses or has access to Academic SDCs, Functional Life Skills SDCs and Autism SDCs. Each SDC stays within a three grades span per class. At the secondary level, we offer co-taught classes, SDC classes and Functional Life Skills SDC classes. We also provide services for our transitioning adult students via our Adult Transition Program called Connections.
All of our programs are run smoothly and effectively by four program specialists, 20 school psychologists, 18 speech and language pathologists, two adapted physical education teachers, 11 intervention counselors, 90 teachers and 143 special education aides that work diligently to provide support for students with special educational needs of every site. Our focus is on inclusion, ensuring that students are educated with non-disabled peers to the fullest extent possible. We collaborate with the Fresno County SELPA to provide services to our students requiring intensive programming due to severe disabilities, autism, or emotional disturbance. We also effectively collaborate with the Fresno County SELPA when providing specialty service to students with visual, hearing, or orthopedic needs.
Central Unified provides a variety of services to meet the social and emotional needs of students. These services begin with basic Social Emotional Learning, and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Students who require more intensive services may have access to individual, group or family counseling via school psychologists, counselors, district licensed marriage and family therapists or district licensed clinical social workers. Comprehensive youth services, Fresno County Mental Health and Fresno County Office of Education are also resources available to students on sites. Furthermore, we have compiled a district Wellness Committee that’s brought together multiple departments within the district to collaboratively address nutrition, health, physical activity, social/emotional needs, character education, and healthy living choices. Finally, our service to students in foster and group home settings who have disabilities is unmatched. We take great pride in placing these groups of students into school quickly and providing them with programs to meet their individual needs.
Together with the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, we provide comprehensive services to over 1,700 students with disabilities. Our reputation for collaborating effectively with families to meet individual student needs is excellent and makes us a district of choice.