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Special Education

The Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) provides a continuum of supports to students with disabilities who reside within the boundaries of Redondo Beach.  We partner with various other local districts as well as with the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE).  RBUSD is a member of the Southwest Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).  The information on this site is intended to provide parents and providers access to staff information and resources.



Students become eligible for Special Education services through a formalized evaluation process.  Anyone who suspects that a student has a disability and is in need of special education services may make a formal written request to begin the evaluation process.  Requests will receive a response within 15 days of the district’s receipt of the request.  If recommended, an assessment plan will be sent to parents/guardians for their consent.  Once the District receives the signed assessment plan, the District will have 60 days to complete the assessments and hold an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting to determine if a student is eligible for special education and requires services.  Students may be found eligible in one or more of 13 categories per the California Education Code.

  1. Autism
  2. Deaf-Blindness
  3. Deafness
  4. Emotional Disturbance
  5. Hard of Hearing
  6. Intellectual Disability
  7. Multiple Disabilities
  8. Orthopedic Impairment
  9. Other Health Impairment
  10. Specific Learning Disability
  11. Speech Language Impairment
  12. Traumatic Brain Injury
  13. Visual Impairment


Parent Information

If a student is struggling in school and has not been identified as a student with a disability, a Student Success Team (SST) meeting may be held to determine appropriate action to support the student’s areas of need.  Team members, including the student’s parent(s), will discuss specific interventions that may support the student without the need for special education services.  The SST members may determine that the most appropriate action is a formal assessment to determine if the student qualifies for special education supports and services.

Least Restrictive Environment

If a student is eligible for special education services, the IEP team will annually review the continuum of placement options and services based on the student’s proposed goals and objectives.  Many students’ educational needs can be met in the general education setting with special education supports and services.  Some students, with more unique needs, require a more restrictive environment to support their IEP goals and objectives in order for them to make educational progress.


Southwest SELPA

All school districts and county school offices are required to form geographical regions of sufficient size and scope to provide for all special education service needs of children residing within the region boundaries.  Each region (Special Education Local Plan Area, or SELPA) develops a local plan describing how it will provide special education services.  SELPAs also support Community Advisory Committees (CAC).  CAC is made up of school administrators, staff members, SELPA parents and members of the community.  RBUSD is part of the Southwest SELPA.  Additional information about the Southwest SELPA and CAC are included below:

Preschool and Kindergarten Special Education Programs

The Redondo Beach USD is proud to offer a high quality preschool and Kindergarten special day class options at Alta Vista Elementary School.  Our preschool is program is called LIFT which stands for "Learning is Fun Together."  Our Kindergarten special day class is referred to as the LIFT-OFF! program.  We also include typical peers, or "skippers" in our preschool special education classes, and all Kindergarten special day class students have opportunities to mainstream into general education Kindergarten.

Elementary School through Transition Special Education Programs

The Redondo Beach USD is also proud to offer comprehensive programming at the elementary school, middle school, high school, and transition levels.  All elementary school sites operate in a learning center model wherein all students with IEPs start their day in a general education class and move to the learning center for academic support in areas of need, using various research-based intervention curriculum.  Our elementary special day classes are located at Lincoln Elementary School.


Middle school programming includes a combination of core replacement classes called Foundations classes, designed to support students with mild to moderate academic needs.  Both schools also offer collaboration classes with push-in support from special education staff, as well as focused intervention classes in reading and study skills.  Our middle school special day classes are located at Adams Middle School.


Redondo Union High School offers a broad continuum of options for special education students including core replacement classes called Principles or Foundations classes, designed to support students with mild to moderate academic needs.  RUHS offers collaboration classes for certain subjects with push-in support from special education staff, as well as focused intervention classes in reading and study skills. Additionally, the school has programs for special day class moderate to severe students, called Essential Skills or Independent Living Skills (ILS).  Students attending Redondo Shores or Redondo Beach Learning Academy are supported by special education staff per their individual needs and receive services at those programs.


Students 18-22 eligible to attend the Transition Program participate in a wide variety of activities that incorporate functional academics, daily living skills, vocational skills, recreation and leisure, and mobility training, among others.  The Transition Program is located at South Bay Adult School.


Extended School Year

Only offered for eligible students, extended school year programming is also provided through the district.

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Our Office is located at:

Redondo Beach USD

1401 Inglewood Avenue

Redondo Beach, CA. 90278


Jessica Silberling

Executive Director

(310) 798-8683 x1301



Melissa Coughlin

Program Specialist

K-8 North Area Schools, RUHS SDC, and Transition

(310) 798-8683 x1324



Sarah Higgins

Program Specialist

K-8 South Area Schools, RUHS, and Alternative Ed.

(310) 798-8683 x1316



Birgit Roesler

LIFT Preschool Lead Teacher

Alta Vista Elementary School

(310) 798-8650 x3161



Enas Campos

Administrative Assistant

Contracts and Transportation

(310) 798-8683 x1301



Deanna Omanson

Office Assistant

K-8 North Area Schools, RUHS SDC, and Transition

(310) 798-8683 x1315



Inez Collins

Office Assistant

K-8 South Area Schools, RUHS, and Alternative Ed.

(310) 798-8683 x1311