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Special Education Services

Special Education Local Plan Areas
North Orange County SELPA​

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​​​​​In response to circumstances brought on by COVID-19, Special Education Schools and Services are working on resuming in-person instruction as we open our school sites to students.  In-person instruction will be integrated and complimented by online learning options.  Our school openings are being phased in as permitted by the State of California and the Orange County Health Care Agency.

Our staff and teachers are dedicated to continuing their connections with students to provide learning opportunities and support.​

The following documents will help you understand the steps that Special Education Services are taking to help ensure that both students and faculty can return safely. 

20-21 OCDE Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan​​

20-21 School Reopening and Safety Plan​

The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Division of Special Education Services is a referral-based program serving students from the 27 Orange County school districts and surrounding areas. Referrals are made solely by a student's district of residence when a more intensive educational setting is needed.  

Students we serve:

  • Autism
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Orthopedic Impairment
  • Multiple Handicapped
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Visual Impairment
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing


We currently have over 400 students on 14 different campuses throughout Orange County. Our programs are divided into Administrative Units (AU's) in the North, Central and South Region. We also operate specialized programs for students that are Deaf and Hard of Hearing in both an elementary oral program and a secondary total communication program.

AU 1- North Orange County

  • Knott Early Learning Center
  • Mann Special Classes
  • OC Regional Oral DHH Program
  • Parent Infant Education Support (PIES) DHH Program

    AU 2- Central Orange County

    • Golden West College Adult Transition Program
    • Two sisters and their disabled little brother Harbor Learning Center Special Classes
    • Hillview High School Special Classes

      AU 3- South Orange County

      • Irvine High School Special Classes
      • Newhart Special Classes
      • Mission Viejo Special Classes
      • Reilly Special Classes
      • Saddleback College Adult Transition Program

      AU 4- Deaf and Hard of Hearing

      • Venado Middle School DHH Program
      • University High School DHH Program
      • Orange Coast College DHH Adult Transition Program