Welcome to MBUSD Special Education. The Manhattan Beach Unified School District provides a full continuum of services and programs to meet the needs of differently-abled students eligible for Special Education services. Most of these services can be provided for qualified students at local schools in collaboration with general education programs. However, some services and programs are only available at specified schools throughout the District and may require enrollment at a designated site.
Parents who suspect that their child may be differently-abled or in need of additional services should confer with their child’s teacher regarding their concerns and request a referral to the Student Study Team. If the child continues to exhibit difficulties after exhausting services and modifications in the regular education program, parents may request an assessment to determine eligibility for special education services.
Qualified staff will conduct an assessment. An Individualized Educational Planning team –including the parents- will meet to review the assessment information, determine eligibility, the services that are needed, and develop appropriate educational goals and objectives. The Individualized Educational Plan is reviewed at least annually.
The Los Angeles County Office of Education operates classrooms at Manhattan Beach Middle School and Mira Costa High School. The county programs provide services to students designated as low incidence (i.e. deaf and hard of hearing, visually impaired and orthopedically impaired) and other severely involved students as well as infants.
The District is a member of the Southwest SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area). The SELPA has a CAC (Community Advisory Committee) made up of administrators, staff and parents.
The Manhattan Beach Unified School District has distributed a Special Education Handbook to all special education staff and administrators. Parents are welcome to view this handbook by accessing through the link to the right under Documents.