Student Support (IEP, 504, etc.)

Individualized Education Program (IEP) Description

The Individualized Education Program (IEP), is a written document that's developed for each public school child who is eligible for special education. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) is created through a team effort and reviewed at least once a year.

Before an Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be written, your child must be eligible for special education. By federal law, a multidisciplinary team must determine that (1) your child has a disability and (2) requires special education and related services to benefit from the general education program.

IEP Assessment

All children develop at different rates and in different ways. If you think that your child may have a disability, in one or more of the IEP eligibility areas below please contact your school principal or the departments listed below.

Note: SFUSD school sites are currently closed for summer vacation. During school breaks of more than 5 school days, special education assessment timelines are "tolled" (on hold). The first instructional day of the 20-21 school year will be August 17th. School site staff will reach out to parents and guardians within 10 days of schools reopening to respond to requests for assessment.

Birth to 3 - Golden Gate Regional Center Hotline Number (English, Spanish and
Cantonese): 1-888-339-3305 Email:

In a S.F. Private/Parochial school  - For psycho-educational assessments, contact Screening and Assessment Center at (415) 759-2206 or

3 to 5 yrs - Contact Pre-School Intake Unit at (415) 401-2525 x1101 Email:

For all other evaluations, (e.g. speech, occupational therapy, etc.) contact SFUSD Special Education Services at (415) 759-2222.

IEP Eligibility Categories

A student may qualify for special education services as an individual with special needs in one of thirteen areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These are:

  • Autism, Deaf, Deaf-Blind, Emotionally Disturbed, Hard of Hearing, Intellectual Disability, Multiple Handicapped, Orthopedically Impaired, Other Health Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Speech-Language Impaired, Traumatic Brain Injury, Visually Impaired

The IEP Meeting

Once a year your child's IEP team will meet to discuss your child's progress and goals as well as services and accommodations. If parents or guardians have concerns about their child's progress they can call an IEP meeting at any time, once a meeting has been called the school district has 30 days to schedule the IEP.