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Haberstroh, Katherine
Hall, Richard
Hancock, Jacob
Johnson, Gregory
Pessa, Rebecca
Pew, Diana
Reichert, Steve
Short, Claude
Smith, Melvin
Stephens, Dawn

Special Education

Mission Statement

The mission of the Yucca Valley High School special education department is to support all students with special needs, their teachers, and their parents. We work to support students withtheir individual academic, personal, and career goals to successfully transition to postsecondary endeavors while promoting the least restrictive environment possible. In doing so, we strive to increase students’ academic and basic skills by supporting their daily efforts within the school environment.

This mission statement will be used to:

1.      Guide the Special Education Department decision making.

2.      Guide special education teacher instruction and planning.

3.      Guide special education case manager responsibilities.

Severely Handicapped Program

Since special education is a set of services, rather than a specific place for your child to go, the general education classroom is considered the LRE for most kids. That means that your child spends most of her school day in general education with “push in” or “pull out” support from the special education staff (a list of the staffs names are contained below). In other words, your child’s IDEA also requires that a range of placements be available. Besides instruction in general education, other options for receiving special education services may be considered, including special classes, special schools, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals and institutions. Considering all IEP components, the IEP team must decide which one of these settings in the LRE is right for your child. The IEP team must consider how to educate your child alongside kids without a disability to the maximum extent appropriate for both. The IEP team identifies the services your child needs to reach her goals and objectives and how they’ll be provided. Students with disabilities, like their peers, aspire to take part in a wide range of activities as they leave high school and enter their adult lives. These might include:

  1. Finding and holding down a job
  2. Going to college
  3. Training in a vocational field
  4. Engaging in civic life
  5. Living independently
  6. Maintaining fulfilling relationships
  7. And starting a family


Young adults with disabilities experience all of these outcomes, although not necessarily to the same extent as the general population. Through Workability and TPP, we are getting students more involved in the community and preparing them for hiring in the workplace for employment.

Special Projects

Our students are excited about the Life Skills Program. The Life Skills Program offers parents and teachers a variety of unique and evolutionary education programs that deliver powerful lessons in life skills principles and values to enhance children's academic and personal lives. The first of the series is Mind Magic; a resource and professional development program aimed at promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of children aged 5+. It's a life skills education program which teaches 8 powerful life principles! It’s fun and interactive whilst teaching important skills such as resilience, self-responsibility and self-esteem. It is designed to meet the needs of students with moderate to severe cognitive and communication disorders. There are three courses available to these special students. Students may enroll each year if they are eligible. For more information visit the links listed below.

Special Education at Yucca Valley High School



Yucca Valley High School provides a broad range of services to support the Individual Education Programs of its students receiving specialized academic instruction. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.

IEP notification: For the 2016-2017 school year, all annual and tri-annual IEP meetings at Yucca Valley High School will be scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Meeting notices will be mailed after case carriers make contact by phone, mail, or email to schedule a meeting.


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