Special Education Enrollment Information
Families should complete the SFUSD 2021 enrollment application and list any school preferences by the specified deadlines to participate in the school choice process. The same SFUSD enrollment application is used for all students.
Parents may contact a Special Education Counselor at the Educational Placement Center (EPC) if they have questions about the process and to discuss school choices. (For general PK-12 enrollment questions, call 415-241-6085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Descriptions of Specialized Classrooms and Services
All SFUSD schools have some special education services available and most students with disabilities can apply to attend a school of their choice. However, certain highly specialized services for students with disabilities are only available at specific schools.
General Education with Special Education Support - available at every TK-12 school.
Every TK-12 school offers the necessary accommodations, modifications, supplementary aids, and/or supports designated in a student’s IEP. Students are assigned to a General Education classroom for the majority of the school day. They are assigned a Special Education case manager and receive accommodations and modifications as designated by the IEP.
Related Services - available at every TK-12 school
Related Services are available at every TK-12 school. Related Services provide specific and specialized instructional supports that increase access to core curriculum and grade-level peers. Students requiring only Related Services are assigned to the general education classroom for most of the day. However, Related Services may be delivered in a separate education setting per the student’s IEP. Related Services are:
- Speech and language services
- Audiological services
- Augmentative and alternative communication
- Orientation and mobility
- Vision services
- Adaptive physical education
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Assistive technology
- Counseling and mental health services
- Vocational education and career development
Resource Specialist Program Services (RSP) - available at every TK-12 school
These services are available at every TK-12 school for students with disabilities and assigned to the general education classroom for most of the school day. The services focus on accessing grade-level content with grade-level peers, as well as individualized instructional supports. Each student is assigned a special education teacher (also called an Education Specialist), who is the student’s case manager. Resource Specialist services may be provided in the general education classroom and/or a separate setting as indicated in the student’s IEP. Students with low incidence disabilities may receive all, or a portion of their instruction, in a regular class and/or may also be enrolled in a separate class to receive specialized academic instruction as indicated in IEP.
Separate Class or Special Day Class (SDC) - available at some schools
Special Day Classes are for students who require separate class instruction and a smaller class size for the majority of the day. These classes are offered at select SFUSD schools. Students in separate classes for the majority of the day are assigned to a multi-grade classroom with a special education teacher. Instruction focuses on students accessing common core standards through accommodations, modifications and specialized academic instruction. SDC classrooms are assigned additional adult support.
Types of Special Day Classes:
- Learning Center (LC SDC) - students are in the learning center 50% of the time and assigned to general education
- Mild/Moderate Autism Class (AF/SDC) - students are in a separate Mild/Moderate Autism focused classroom over 50 percent of the day.
- Moderate/Severe Autism Class (MM/SDC) students are in a separate Moderate/Severe Autism focused classroom over 50 percent of the day.
- Mild/Moderate Class (MM/SDC) students are in a separate mild to moderate disabilities classroom over 50 percent of the day.
- Moderate/Severe Class (MS/SDC) students are in a separate moderate/severe classroom over 50 percent of the day.
- SOAR Program (ED/SDC) students are in a separate social emotional/behavior enhanced classroom over 50 percent of the day.
- Deaf Hard of Hearing (DHH AO) students are in a separate deaf/hard of hearing auditory oral classroom over 50 percent of the day.
- Deaf Hard of Hearing (DHH TC) students are in a separate deaf/hard of hearing total communication classroom over 50 percent of the day.
Access Transition Program (ages 18-22) - available at some schools
Access, the Adult Transition Program, is for students on track for a Certificate of Completion at the end of 12th grade. SFUSD students on IEPs are eligible for special education services through Access until they are 22 years of age or complete a High School Diploma.
Has completed 12th grade
On a certificate of completion track
Has an IEP
AccessSFUSD Mission Statement
AccessSFUSD is a community based program for students 18-22 with disabilities. We focus on teaching functional life skills within the community setting.
San Francisco IS our campus.
We strive to help students discover their passions, unlock their potential, and become involved members of the community. We offer an individualized program that works with each student’s goals and interests to further develop their skills, gain vocational experience, and to create self-determined individuals who are active in their community.
Current AccessSFUSD Program Sites
AccessSFUSD: The Arc
AccessSFUSD: Bay Street
AccessSFUSD: Project Search*
*AccessSFUSD: Project Search is a one year intensive internship at Kaiser Hospital eligible to qualified students in their final year of their AccessSFUSD program
Locations of Specialized Classrooms
As of 6/21/2021
Argonne EES, Bessie Carmichael, Dr. W. Cobb PreK, Jefferson EES, John Mclaren EES, Leola M. Havard EES, Malcolm X PreK, Presidio EES, San Miguel EES, Theresa Mahler, Tule Elk Park EES
Special Day Class PreK
Bryant PreK, Dr. W. Cobb PreK, El Dorado PreK, Grattan, John Mclaren EES, John Muir Prek, Jose Ortega PreK, Las Americas EES, Leola M. Havard EES, Mc Coppin PreK, P. Revere - PreK, Raphael Weill EES, Sheridan Pre-K
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)
Toddler SDC - Presidio EES (Dead/Hard of Hearing Auditory/Oral and Total Communication)
PreK - Chavez, Cesar (Total Communication), Lafayette (Auditory/Oral)
TK - Chavez, Cesar (Total Communication)
K to 5 - Chavez, Cesar (Total Communication), Lafayette (Auditory/Oral)
K to 8 - Lilienthal, Claire (students spend 100% of the day in general education classes)
6 to 8 - Presidio (Auditory/Oral and Total Communication)
9 to 12 - The Academy @ McAteer (Auditory/Oral and Total Communication)
Note: all DHH magnet schools have acoustically modified classrooms.
K-5 - Bret Harte ES, Garfield ES, Malcolm X and Visitacion Valley Elementary School
Mild/Moderate Special Day Classes
TK - R. L. Stevenson ES
K-2 - Buena Vista /Horace Mann, Clarendon E.S., George Peabody E.S., Hillcrest Elementary School, Longfellow E.S., Paul Revere E.S., R. L. Stevenson E.S., Sanchez ES (K-2 only)
3-5 - Buena Vista /Horace Mann, Clarendon E.S., Francis Scott Key E.S. (3-5 only), George Peabody E.S., Hillcrest Elementary School, Longfellow E.S., Paul Revere E.S., R. L. Stevenson E.S., Rosa Parks ES
6-8 - A.P. Giannini MS, Aptos MS, Everett MS, Francisco MS, Hoover MS, James Denman M.S., James Lick MS, Marina MS, MLK MS, Presidio MS, Roosevelt MS, Visitacion Valley MS
9-12 - Lincoln HS, Balboa HS, Burton HS, Downtown HS, Galileo HS, George Washington H.S., Ida B. Wells HS, June Jordan HS, Lowell HS, Marshall HS, Mission HS, O'Connell HS, Raul Wallenberg HS, Ruth Asawa SOTA HS, The Academy HS
Mild/Moderate Autism Focus Special Day Classes
TK-1 - Rosa Parks ES
2-3 - Rosa Parks
K-5 - Argonne ES, E.R. Taylor ES, Garfield ES, Jefferson ES, Lakeshore ES, Miraloma ES, Sherman ES
6-8 - A.P. Giannini MS, Everett MS, James Denman MS, Marina MS, Roosevelt MS
9-12 Lincoln HS, Lowell HS
Moderate/Severe Special Day Classes
TK - Tule Elk Park EES
K-5 - Alvarado E.S., Delores Huerta E.S, Francis Scott Key E.S., Lawton Alternative School, Sanchez ES (3-5 only), Sunnyside E.S.
6-8 - A.P. Giannini MS, Everett MS, James Denman MS, Lawton Alternative School, Presidio MS
9-12 - Lincoln H.S., Balboa HS, Burton HS, Galileo HS, Washington HS, June Jordan HS, Lowell HS, Mission HS
Moderate/Severe Special Day Class with Autism Focus
K-5 Alamo E.S., Glen Park E.S., Grattan E.S., Starr King E.S., Sunset E.S., Yick Wo Alternative E.S
6-8 A.P. Giannini MS, Aptos MS, Francisco MS, Roosevelt MS
9-12 Lincoln HS, Lowell HS, Mission HS
Social-Emotional/Behavioral Enhanced Classroom (SOAR Program)
K-5 Dianne Feinstein ES, El Dorado ES, Leonard Flynn ES, Tenderloin School
6-8 Francisco MS, Herbert Hoover MS, James Denman MS, James Lick MS, Presidio MS
9-12 Lincoln HS, Galileo HS, Washington HS, Marshall HS, Mission HS
ACCESS/Adult Transition Services
AccessSFUSD: The Arc, Access: Bay Street, Balboa, Burton HS, Galileo, Lowell, Marshall, Mission, O'Connell, Project Search at Kaiser, Wallenberg, SF International
For more information watch this video for AccessSFUSD: The Arc: https://youtu.be/DvlfxEwEOB0
This page was last updated on February 17, 2022