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Welcome to CVCHS

Department of Special Education

Collaborative Education Supports 

Special education is a program designed to meet the unique educational needs of children with disabilities who meet eligibility criteria under the law. 


The CVCHS's Department of Special Education's mission is to provide support to special education students so that they can realize their academic and human potential through meeting the District's standards. Our goal is to improve special education service delivery and student support in CVCHS while promoting student independence. The department continually assesses strengths and areas that need to be strengthened. Following assessment, plans are implemented to address areas in need of improvement.


The Department of Special Education at CVCHS is committed to identifying and supporting diverse learners and developing their skills to access their education, as well as foster their independence toward their post-secondary transition. CVCHS complies with all laws and requirements for an LEA and services all students as outlined in their IEP. CVCHS follows both procedural and substantive compliance to ensure a Free and Appropriate Education in the Least Restrictive Environment for students to receive educational benefit.


At present our CVCHS Special Education programs consist of mild to moderate, typically know as a resource program, as well as a moderate to severe program, otherwise known as Special Day class program.


  • CVCHS Special Education Mild-Moderate program consists of 7 full-time special education teachers. Additionally, we have a part-time special education teacher supporting our special education teachers with instructional practices and ensuring compliance. 
  •  CVCHS Special Education Moderate-Severe program consists of a special day class for grades 9-12 that focuses on pre-academic and functional life skills that consist of 1 full-time special education teacher.


  •  In addition to our special education teachers, the CVCHS Department of Special Education employees 9 para-educators, a school psychologist, a school-based mental health provider, and a school nurse. We are currently in the process of adding a second school psychologist to our CVCHS team. 


  • CVCHS Department of Special Education currently contracts out for other related services based on student needs as articulated on their IEP such as speech therapy services, occupational therapy services, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teacher of the visually impaired and orientation mobility specialist.


Please do not hesitate to reach out for any questions or to schedule a visit.


For further information please do not hesitate to contact CVCHS’ Department of Special Education:


Director of Special Education:

Brian Biggs 


School Psychologist:

Dr. Katie Brown


925-682-7474 ext. 3103



Other Useful Resources for Parents:

Legal Resources On Special Education Law

Questions Regarding Special Education And Charter Schools

Attend Free Parent Trainings And Network With Parents (Parents Helping Parents)

Disability Resources

Resources For Behavior Health Challenges


Community Advisory Committee: El Dorado SELPA 


Meeting Dates (Via Webinar)

1. October 15, 2019 4:00pm-5:00pm Register at:

2. January 8, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm Register at:

3. April 21, 2020 4:00pm-5:00pm Register at: