What is Special Education?
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) defines special education as, "Specially designed instruction, provided at no cost to parents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability."
Huntington Beach City School District's mission is to develop and provide quality instructional programs to students with disabilities. It is our goal for all students to achieve academically, socially and emotionally.
Huntington Beach City School District is part of a five district Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA). The West Orange County Consortium for Special Education (WOCCSE) includes:
- Ocean View School District
- Fountain Valley School District
- Westminster School District
- Huntington Beach City School District
- Huntington Beach Union High School District
These five districts have joined together to provide special education programs and services to students with special needs.
Special Education Administrative Team
Parent & Staff Assistance
Members of the administrative team are available to assist parents and staff. Program Specialists oversee all special education programs on their assigned campuses. Please use the information below to determine which Program Specialist can best assist you; however, all members of the administrative team are available to assist you.
The special education administrative team is led by the Director of Student Services, Dr. Cathy Cornwall. She is responsible for the special education program and can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone at 714-378-2045.
Program and Autism Program Specialists
The HBCSD Program Specialists observe, consult with, and assist special education staff and parents as they navigate the special education process. They plan programs, coordinate curricular resources, and evaluate effectiveness of programs for individuals with special needs. In addition, they provide professional and program development related to the special methods and approaches of providing special education services. Staff members in these assignments are administrators who have expertise in various areas of specialization within special education and attend challenging Individual Education Program (IEP) meetings when requested or required. The program and autism specialists provide guidance, consultation and support to staff assigned to their campuses as indicated below.
Program Specialists Assignments
Jonathan Ellis, Program Specialist
Huntington Seacliff, Moffett, Perry, and Peterson Elementary Schools
Dr. Ingrid Jaimes, Autism Program Specialist
Hawes Elementary, Dwyer Middle School, & Preschool Services
Keisha Middleton, Program Specialist
Smith & Eader Elementary Schools and Sowers Middle School
Student Services Department Assistant
WOCCSE Superintendents' Council
Meeting Schedule 2016-2017