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Special Education

Special Education Optional Learning Resource Page

Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) Special Education provides direct and indirect support services for students with special needs and their families throughout the county, in school settings or in the home. Specialized services are provided to students from birth to age 22, supporting district programs, operating SCOE programs on district campuses and at our own two schools on Stonum Road in Modesto (off Hatch Road in Ceres), Margaret L. Annear and John F. Kennedy Schools. Staff work closely with students to help them reach their individual goals and to provide the opportunity for each student to achieve their full potential.


Support Services 

Provided by specialists, allowing students to benefit from their special education program. 
Services include:

Adapted P.E. Teachers Orientation and Mobility Instructors
Assistive Technology Specialist Readiness Teachers
Augmentative Communication Specialist Resource Specialists
Behavior Specialists School Nurses
Inclusion Specialists School Psychologists
Itinerant Specialists for Deaf, Blind and Orthopedically Impaired Speech/Language Pathologists
Mental Health Clinicians Vocational Education Teachers 

Parent Testimonials at SCOE Special Education:

“Two thumbs up, 110%, I love the program. He has gotten more confident and is verbalizing his feelings now.  This program has helped with his issues and helped him get to the next level”
   ~Parent of a junior high student that attends our emotionally disturbed program at Salida Middle School

“When I was introduced to SCOE, I was lost and confused with a child that felt much worse than I did. Before coming here, everyone cared but didn't know how to help. With SCOE, I get both the nurture that I would provide for my son, and expert staff who are ready to equip my son with tools to help him grow and manage challenges. Positive and constant communication (with SCOE staff) allow me to make changes at home to accompany his progress at school. SCOE gives my son and myself a positive and progressive path forward.” 
   ~Parent of a 4th grade student in our emotionally disturbed program at Sisk Elementary School


Assistant Superintendent Staff

Special Education Notice of Procedural Safeguards 
Special Education Notice of Procedural Safeguards - Spanish

Parent Notice of Rights and Responsibilities 
Parent Notice of Rights and Responsibilities - Spanish

Transportation Handbook
Transportation Handbook - Spanish



Special Education Organizational Chart


Autism SDC - Empire/Stroud, Hughes
Autism SDC - Oakdale/Sierra View
Autism SDC - Riverbank/Mesa/Cardozo
Autism SDC - Salida/Sisk
Autism SDC - Stanislaus Union/Chrysler
Autism SDC - Waterford/Moon
DHH - Hart Ransom
Educational Options
ED - Salida Union
ED - Sylvan/Woodrow/Ustach
ED - Waterford/Moon
John F. Kennedy School
Margaret L. Annear (MLA) School
Margaret L. Annear (MLA) Infant Toddler Program



SEIS INQUIRIES - Email selpamis [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org or contact Maci Sharma, CALPADS/SEIS Analyst  at 209-238-1584



Program Goals 

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To provide a comprehensive educational program for severe, non-severe
and low-incidence disabled students ranging from birth to 22 years of age.

To create educational programs that are designed to meet the unique needs
and abilities of individual students who have been identified as having special needs.

To maximize each student's opportunity to achieve his or her full potential.

To develop collaborative relationships with families and public/private agencies with interests in children and adults with disabilities.

To provide support services to enrolled students that allow them every opportunity
to be educated in their home school or as close to their home as possible.



SCOE Provides 

Itinerant professionals are skilled and trained, provide support to students with severe developmental, speech, language, hearing, health, orthopedic, or vision impairments to be successful in general education classes in their neighborhood schools. 

Special day class teachers, instructional assistants and itinerant professionals provide specially designed instruction for students with similar disabilities.  These services and classrooms are located on general education school sites which enable students to participate with non-disabled peers to the greatest extent possible. 


Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

Through the caring and commitment of public education and effective leadership and instruction, we empower students and parents by supporting independence, providing opportunities through implementation of best practices, and establishing partnerships for life-long learning.

Vision Statement 

Our impact on individuals with disabilities and their families will provide independence, opportunity and hope for the future.

Key Contacts

Sarah Grantano

Assistant Superintendent, Special Education & Health Services

Tamara Cervantes

Principal/Program Director II, Health Services & DIS Programs

Tricia Kelly

Principal/Program Director Special Education Division & Alternative Education Programs

Kristy Mabee

Principal/Program Director, Margaret L. Annear School

Alicia Root

Director II, Autism Integrated Programs

Courtney Walker

Director II, Emotionally Disturbed, Behavior & Mental Health Services

Krissy Zapien

Principal/Program Director, John F. Kennedy School

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Special Education?

Special Education is instruction that is specially designed to meet the unique needs of children who have disabilities.

I am concerned with my child's development, who do I contact for an assessment for my child who is 0-3 years old?

Call Valley Mountain Regional Center (VMRC), Early Start Station for an assessment.  (209) 529-2626

I am concerned with my child's development, who do I contact for an assessment for my child who is 3 to 5 years old?

 Call your school district's Special Education office.

What school district do I live in?

You can find out the name of your school district by going to this website and putting in your home address.

I am interested in enrolling my child in preschool, do you have any preschools that you can recommend?

You can contact Child & Family Services for assistance in finding preschool programs.  (209) 238-6300 or (209) 238-1800

My child is having difficulty in school. How do I get him assessed?

Contact your school district's Special Education Department.

What are the age groups served at John F. Kennedy (JFK) School?

Ages 5-22

What population is served at JFK?

 We serve the Severely Handicapped Behavioral population, as well as, the Multiply Handicapped and Medically Fragile populations.

How do I get my child enrolled at JFK?

The district of residence is responsible for making an offer of educational placement for their students.  If a child requires the level of supports provided at JFK, the district representative will contact JFK and invite us to an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting to discuss possible placement.  Placement cannot happen through parent request.

Is John F. Kennedy (JFK) a regular school?

 JFK is a public segregated site serving special education students.  We do not have general education students being served on our campus, so we are considered a special education facility.