Student Support - Special Education Assessment/Evaluation

Does Your Child Need Help?

Do you think your child might have a disability and would benefit from an Assessment for Special Education ?

Please note that San Francisco Unified schools are on summer break from Thursday, June 3rd to Tuesday, August 16th.  Scheduling of special education assessments and IEP meetings will resume when the 2022-23 school year begins on Wednesday, August 17th.

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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 following areas:

  • autism
  • deafness
  • hearing impairment
  • multiple disabilities
  • other health impairment
  • speech or language impairment
  • visual impairment
  • deaf/blind
  • emotional disturbance
  • cognitively impaired
  • orthopedic impairment
  • specific learning disability
  • traumatic brain injury

Please contact one of the following:

Birth to 3

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

3 to 5 yrs - Early Childhood Special Education Assessment Unit

If you would like to request a special education assessment of your child please review the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) Preschool Intake Packet | Español | 中文 | Tiếng Việt. The Intake Packet includes a questionnaire and required documents that should be completed to help SFUSD assessors get to know your child, accurately address your concerns, and determine any assessment needs.

Phone: (415) 401-2525 x1101

Assessment Unit Hours of Operation:

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

*Currently Closed to the Public due to Covid 19. During this time you can contact this office via phone or email.

Contact Pre-School Intake Unit at (415) 401-2525 or via Email:

In an SFUSD public school

Contact the School Principal about your request for a special education assessment.

In an S.F. Private/Parochial school 

For psycho-educational assessments, contact Screening and Assessment
Center at

For all other evaluations, (e.g. speech, occupational therapy, etc.)

contact SFUSD Special Education Services at (415) 759-2222.


State and Local Educational Agencies are responsible for initially
assessing children and students who are referred for suspected disabilities from
birth through 18 years. Some of these children and students may be eligible to
receive Special Education Services. Students who are enrolled in
private/parochial schools are assessed by the school district in which the private
or parochial school is located.


Independent Educational Assessments

May my child be tested independently at the district’s expense?

If you disagree with the results of the assessment conducted by the school district, you have the
right to ask for and obtain an independent educational assessment for your child from a person
qualified to conduct the assessment at public expense.

The parent is entitled to only one independent educational evaluation at public expense each
time the public agency conducts an evaluation with which the parent disagrees.

The school district must respond to your request for an independent educational assessment
and provide you information about where to obtain an independent educational assessment.

If the school district believes that the district’s assessment is appropriate and disagrees that an
independent assessment is necessary, the school district must request a due process hearing
to prove that its assessment was appropriate. If the district prevails, you still have the
right to an independent assessment but not at public expense. The IEP team must consider
independent assessments.

*Source - CDE Notice of Procedural Safeguards

Educational vs. Medical Assessment

This article from does a good job explaining The Difference Between a School Identification and a Clinical Diagnosis

This page was last updated on July 7, 2022