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Programs for Exceptional Children (Special Education)

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, Programs for Exceptional Children (PEC) is charged with educating students who have learning disabilities or exceptional cognitive or physical needs. PEC 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!
The Office 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.
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    All Programs and Services:

    Cole School
    1011 Union St.
    Oakland, CA 94607

    K-12 Programs & Services
    Linda Nieves: 510-879-8177

    K-12 Mental Health Programs & Services
    Vikie Gilbert: 510-879-8382

    General Questions:
    Elizabeth Corona: 510-879-8365
    Jerry Broody: 510-879-8366

    Rena Moore: 510-879-8181
    Fax: 510-451-4364

    Chantay Sheppard-Dykes: 510-879-8475
    Fax: 510-451-4365

     Administrative Offices:

    1000 Broadway, Suite 398
    Oakland, CA 94607

    Robin Sasada: 510-879-8154
    Fax: 510-879-2942