Referral Process

The determination for enrollment in classes operated by the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Special Schools is a collaborative effort on the part of parents, local district representatives and OCDE staff. The educational needs and services for students referred to OCDE are determined through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) process. 


OCDE's Special Schools classes are designed to provide instruction for students requiring intensive educational services. In addition, many students require medical services. It is the goal of the Special Schools program to emphasize the teaching of skills that are functional and critical to the present and future needs of the students.
Referral Packet -   The referral packet is designed for School District use only.  Parents should contact their local school district to initiate the referral process and should not complete this packet.