Palos Verdes High School

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CEEB Code: 052358 PVPUSD

Special Education Department Info

Special Education Administrator: Dr. Adrienne Douglas
[email protected]

Important Course Decisions

At PV High we attempt to creatively design a program to meet each student’s needs. It is important to know the difference
between the classes and which classes meet the A-G requirements. Course recommendations come from the middle school
general education teachers and case carrier.

Typical Freshman Schedule

  • English
  • Math
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Elective
  • Elective
English Program
  • English 1 – A-G approved course, student is in the class independently.
  • English 1 Collaborative – A-G approved course, there is a general education English teacher and a special education
  • Reading and Writing Skills 1 – NOT AG approved course – open to special education students only and taught by
    special education teacher. RSP course. We also offer a SDC version of the course as needed.
Math Program

Every student MUST pass Algebra in order to obtain a high school diploma.
  • Geometry – A-G approved course
  • Algebra 1 – A-G approved course
  • Essentials of Alg A – NOT A-G approved course
  • Essentials of Alg B – NOT A-G approved course
  • Consumer Math – NOT A-G approved course
Science Program
  • Biology – A-G approved course
  • Life Science – NOT A-G approved course
There is space in the Freshman schedule for two electives.
  • Visual and Performing Art – choose an A-G elective.
  • Guided Study – not an A-G approved course
  • AVID – A-G elective, not part of the special education program

Guided Study

Guided Study supports the student with accessing the general education curriculum by working on:
  • Additional instruction which addresses goals in the IEP
  • Organizational skills
  • Study skills
  • Self Advocacy
  • Behavior Support
  • Transition Goal Achievement
  • Assignments from other classes that require accommodations best applied in this setting.


Optional Supports

  • Guided Study
  • Bi-Weekly Grade Reports
  • Edmodo – Resource and Support Page
  • Edmodo – Collaborative English Page
  • Testing Center
  • Note taking Center


  • The accommodations/modifications are reviewed every year.
  • Every year the team will determine if the accommodations are working; obtain feedback from the teachers to make sure
    that they are appropriate for the student.
  • Modifications alter the curriculum or testing environment – as a team everyone needs to understand this and make sure
    we are in agreement before making modifications.


Important Facts

  • A student MUST pass Algebra in order to earn a high school diploma.
  • A student MUST take two years of Physical Education in order to earn a high school diploma.
  • A – G Approved Courses
  • Transition Planning
  • Diploma vs – Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion/Life Skills Center

Specially designed program to prepare qualifying students to the Transition to Independence Program.
  • Basic Academic Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Executive Functioning Skills
  • Community-Based Instruction