Santa Cruz Valley Students
Special Education

Our district offers a continuum of service options to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for all students with disabilities. We deliver services in the least restrictive environment appropriate for each student; and, to the maximum extent possible, we integrate students with disabilities into classrooms with non-disabled students, only placing students in special classes or separate schooling situations when the nature and severity of the student’s disability renders it necessary.

If your child qualifies for special education services, you will work with a team of school staff members to create an individualized education plan (IEP) for your child.


Referral Process

Preschool (ages 0 – 5)
If you are concerned about your child’s progress or developmental level, please contact the Special Education Office. If we deem it appropriate, we can set up an appointment to screen your child.

School Age (ages 5 – 22)
If you have concerns about your child’s progress or performance in school, your first step should be to speak with the child’s classroom teacher. With the teacher, you can discuss any problems that exist and come up with ways to help your child succeed. If your child continues to have difficulties after you have tried implementing strategies to help the child in the regular classroom, the school may begin the referral process.

In this case, the school may schedule a Student Study Team meeting where you and a group of school staff members who know your child will meet to discuss ways to help your child and to decide whether your child should be evaluated for special education services. You will be invited to this meeting—or, if you are unable to attend, you can provide the team with your ideas in writing.

We will only evaluate your child for special education services after we receive your permission in writing.

If you need additional information regarding the referral process or about any of our special education services, please contact Melisa Lunderville in the special education office at (520) 375-8289.



Forms & Information

Special Ed Resources

AZ Department of Education – Tucson
(520) 628-6330

AZ Department of Education – Phoenix
(800) 352-4558


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