Sonoma County Office of Education

Overview and Resources

Overview of Programs and Resources for Families

Student success is at the heart of SCOE's mission. SCOE helps Sonoma County's 40 school districts implement the California State Standards (also know as Common Core), promote college and career readiness, and ensure the success of English Learners. SCOE also works to ensure each district is financially and economically stable and ensures accountability through each district's Local Control and Accountability plan.

SCOE also directly serves with students with disabilities and at-risk students from around the county. Specifically, SCOE serves:

  • About 440 students, age 3-22, who have physical, emotional, cognitive, or developmental disabilities
  • About 320 students who are deaf/hard of hearing or have visual impairments
  • About 190 at-risk students enrolled in court and community schools

Following is information on SCOE programs and resources students and parents might find helpful.

Special Education Student

Special Education Programs (8:06) | Updated May 2016 Learn about our Special Education programs in this video.


SCOE Programs

Early Childhood Education, Preschool, and Kindergarten Readiness

Student and School Safety

Interdistrict Transfers and Appeals

All SCOE Special Education staff receive specialized training and strive to provide a rich and caring educational experience in the least restrictive setting possible. The department has approximately 280 employees who deliver services at some 80 school and community sites within Sonoma County. Those services include special day classes, speech and language therapy, occupational and physical therapy, support for visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students, orientation and mobility training, vocational training, counseling, positive behavioral support, and assessments.

Specially trained staff provide each student with a high-quality, standards-based educational experience that prepares them for successful transition to the highest possible level of independence.

Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Board Member
"The Sonoma County Board of Education sets policy for its alternative education program, serves in an oversight role for SCOE, and supports our educational agenda. We believe every student has a unique set of abilities, potential, and needs. Our board compliments the work and innovation of SCOE, and serves as an educational partner for the Sonoma County community." - Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Board Member