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Special Education

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 Special Education, Stacy Wheat. She can be reached by e-mail at or by telephone at 714-378-2045.
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
Moffett, Perry, Peterson, Seacliff Elementary or 714-378-2074
Dr. Ingrid Jaimes, Program Specialist
Preschools, Hawes Elementary, and Dwyer Middle School or 714-378-2048
Megan Kempner, Program Specialist
Eader and Smith Elementary, Sowers Middle School or 714-378-2047
Behavior Intervention Supervisor
Brittany Baker or 714-378-2047
Administrative Secretary
Linda Stame or 714-378-2046
Student Services Department Assistant
Jill Ulriksen or 714-378-2049
Meeting Agendas

2017-2108 Superintendents' Council Meeting Schedule




Huntington Beach Union High School District Board Room

5832 Bolsa Avenue

Huntington Beach, CA  92649


Time:  4:00 p.m.


September 20, 2017

December 13, 2017

March 14, 2018

May 16, 2018