Each student deserves recognition, attention, and respect, and all students must be offered rigorous academic programs and classrooms that support high achievement. In the Oakland Unified School District, Special Education is charged with educating students who have learning disabilities or exceptional cognitive or physical needs. Special Education provides service and support through district and charter schools to all identified students from ages 0-22.
We are working to establish a shared mindset throughout our district where all school communities and departments embrace students with disabilities and provide support and resources to ensure Every Student Thrives!
Special Education also manages the OUSD Diagnostic Center, the Occupation Therapy Program, the Young Adult Program, the Reading Clinic and other programs. Oakland Unified has more than 5,000 identified Special Education students, and the Special Education Office conducts about 7,000 Individual Education Programs (IEPs) each year.