Orchard’s Special Education Individual Education programs follow the guidelines established by the Santa Clara County Office of Education for the development of a specialized program of services for students who are identified as students with special needs. Orchard School District adheres to a service delivery model that embodies the philosophy of Inclusive Education.
The range of special services covers students who are ages 3 to 15 years, from preschool to 8th grade. The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a written statement determined in a meeting of the IEP team, including the parent, and developed for each child with a disability. The IEP will show a direct relationship between the present levels of performance, any assessments, the student’s goals and the educational services to be provided which assures a free and appropriate education as guaranteed under federal law, IDEA-97.
Special education is designed to meet the unique, educational needs of children with disabilities. Children may receive special education services under one (or more) of following eligibilities: Autism or autistic-like behavior, Deaf-blindness, Deafness, Emotional disturbance (ED), Hearing impairment (HI), Intellectual Disability (ID), Multiple disabilities (MH), Orthopedic impairment (OI), Other health impairment (OHI), Specific learning disability (SLD), Speech or language impairment (SLI), Traumatic brain injury (TBI), and Visual impairment (VI).