Sonoma County Office of Education

Kindergarten to High School

On behalf of local school districts, the Special Education department operates a variety of special day classes for school-age students who have severe physical, emotional, cognitive, or developmental disabilities. Over 300 special education students are served each day in these SCOE classrooms, which are located across the county. The kindergarten to high school classes are specialized to meet the needs of students who are medically fragile, have other severe physical or cognitive disabilities, or exhibit emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

Although each classroom is unique, the following descriptors highlight some of the programs used in selected SCOE classes.

Structured Learning Programs

SCOE offers structured learning programs for students who have needs that require a highly structured environment. These classes use a variety of research-based methodologies, including TEACCH, Discrete Trial, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices (eg. Picture Exchange Communication System), Pivotal Response Training, social cognition training, and relationship development. The department also participates in collaborative autism diagnosis through a partnership with the North Bay Regional Center and local districts.

Programs for Students with Severe Disabilities

SCOE offers programs and assistance for students who have medically fragile conditions and/or severe disabilities. These classes are taught by staff with specific training for meeting the needs of students with significant medical, cognitive, and communication concerns. The classrooms have specialized equipment and resources to assist students with learning. Adaptive technology and alternative communication options are made available to students as determined by their IEP.

Programs for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disorders (EBD)

SCOE developed the TREC (Teaching Responsibility, Educating, Counseling) Program to meet the unique needs of students who exhibit emotional and behavioral challenges. The program is dedicated to helping these students manage significant emotional reactions, learn to behave responsibly, increase positive social interactions, increase resilience, and improve academic progress. The program consists of a continuum of special education classes designed to give students access to the core curriculum in a setting that also allows them to benefit from individual and small group counseling and social skills training. Education-related mental health services are also infused throughout the school day. See this TREC Program description (pdf) for more information.

Referral for Structured Learning Programs and Programs for Students with Severe Disabilities

Form: Download the Kindergarten to High School Referral Form (pdf).

  1. District sends referral packet to psychologist (see list below). Packet includes referral form, current IEP, and psycho-educational report, as well as any other relevant information – e.g., speech and language, adaptive PE, behavior reports, etc. See note below regarding EBD referrals.
  2. SCOE personnel review the referral packet.
  3. Once the packet is complete, the SCOE psychologist arranges classroom visit(s) with the family and district.
  4. A student requiring a triennial IEP within six months of the referral must have the triennial prior to placement.
  5. If the placement is agreed upon, an IEP meeting is scheduled between SCOE, the referring district, and the student/family.
  6. Parents are asked to complete forms from the SCOE parent packet. An immunization record is required for placement.

Form: Please find the EBD Program Referral Form (pdf) in the green box on the left-hand side of this page.

  1. District sends an EBD Program Referral Form and required attachments to the school psychologist.
  2. SCOE personnel review the referral packet and contact the district representative to discuss the student’s educational needs.
  3. If those needs are likely to be addressed in the SCOE program, a classroom visit is scheduled for the family and district.
  4. If the placement is agreed upon, an IEP meeting is scheduled between SCOE, the referring district, and the student/family.
  5. Parents are asked to complete forms from the SCOE parent packet. An immunization record is required for placement.
  6. A 30-day IEP review may be scheduled to confirm that the SCOE setting is appropriate for the student.


SCOE Special Education
K-12 Programs
5340 Skylane Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Fax (707) 578-3156

K-12 Programs

  • Jennifer Lux, Principal
    (707) 524-2940,
  • Christina Veatch, School Psychologist
    (707) 992-1133,
  • Michelle Garcia, School Office Coordinator
    (707) 524-2940,

EBD and 9-12 Programs

  • Tyson Dickinson, Principal
    (707) 524-2862,"
  • Megan Truelove, School Office Coordinator
    (707) 524-2862,
  • Ryan Pepin, School Psychologist