SPECIAL CLASS-ALTERNATIVE CURRICULUM-LIFE SKILLS

Elementary School Sites
Secondary School Sites

Overview

These classes are designed primarily for students with moderate to severe disabilities whose IEP
teams have determined that they require specialized instruction for a majority of the school day
and instruction using an alternative curriculum that focuses on life skills and is functional,
chronologically age-appropriate, taught in community-based natural environments, and in
integrated settings. This curriculum is based upon state-approved standards-based curriculum
guides. The primary goal of these classes is to prepare students to function effectively in current
and future home, school, community, and work environments. Students enrolled in these classes
earn a high school certificate and typically go on to participate in a post-secondary transition
class. A teacher with a credential authorizing instruction of students with moderate to severe
disabilities and two instructional assistants are assigned to each class. Additional instructional
assistants are provided as determined necessary to implement developed IEPs and maintain the
safety of students and staff. The recommended caseload is 8-12 students depending upon age level and unique make-up of each class. Related services are available for students as identified
on each IEP. Some of the larger districts within the SELPA operate these classes for their own
students. Most classes, however, are operated by one district on behalf of several districts within
a geographical zone or by the Monterey County Office of Education on behalf of all districts
within the SELPA.

Guidelines for Program Operation

Referral for Placement

1. Students are referred for placement when the nature or severity of the disability is such that
educational progress in less restrictive settings even with the use of accommodations,
modifications, and supplementary aids and services is not satisfactory and the IEP team
determines that such placement is required in order for the student to receive a free and
appropriate public education (FAPE).
2. There is active family involvement in addressing student needs, determining the required
placement and services, and designing the IEP.
3. Students who are placed in classes operated by their district of residence are referred to
those classes according to the district’s established procedures.
4. If the class identified by the IEP team as required by the student is a class operated by a
district other than the district of residence, SELPA approved procedures will be followed
for referral and placement.
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Instruction, Curriculum, and Assessment

1. IEP goals are developed in each area of identified need and are standards-based.
2. Curriculum is based upon state approved alternative curriculum guides and organized
around the following domains:
a. Functional Academics
b. Domestic
c. Community
d. Pre Vocational/Vocational
e. Recreation and Leisure
3. Students receive direct training in actual situations and environments where skills are to be used.
4. Students receive information through use of instructional approaches and techniques that
match their learning style.
5. Students are instructed, as appropriate, about their disability, effective compensatory skills,
and how to obtain necessary accommodations and modification.
6. Alternative communication modes and adapted equipment devices are used as needed for
instruction of individual students.
7. Community-based instruction is provided on a regular basis, when age-appropriate.
8. Behavior problems are viewed as areas of instructional need, indicating where skills for
more appropriate behaviors must be acquired and practiced; behavior goals and behavior
plans are developed and utilized when appropriate.
9. Students are provided with a classroom environment that stimulates learning, assists in
personal-social development, and fosters increasing independence.
10. Data on student performance (task analyses, data sheets, graphing, etc.) is collected
regularly and this data is used to inform instruction and to make program changes as
needed.
11. Student progress is communicated to parents through informal means as well as in progress
reports as specified in the IEP.
12. Students participate in statewide assessment through administration of the California
Alternative Performance Assessment (CAPA), levels 1-5.
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Mainstreaming

1. All students are integrated with age peers in the general education program, including
extra-curricular activities, based upon IEP team recommendations.
2. General education teachers participate in the IEP team meeting and assist in identifying
appropriate integration opportunities.
3. Goals are developed as part of the IEP that will be implemented within the general
education program.
4. Mainstreaming classrooms are chosen for each student to ensure a good instructional
match.
5. The student’s teacher/case manager consults with the general education teacher regarding
appropriate curriculum modifications and instructional strategies and closely monitors the
student’s progress while participating in the integrated setting.

Staff Development and Team Collaboration

1. Team collaboration is an integral component of planning and delivery of instruction;
teams are encouraged to meet at least bimonthly for the purpose of reviewing data,
revising instructional practices; modifying classroom procedures, etc.
2. Informal and ongoing communication between service providers occurs at least weekly.
3. Special education staff members attend special education staff meetings as scheduled,
attend general education staff meetings when possible and appropriate, and regularly
interact with all school staff.
4. Teachers receive ongoing professional development in assessment and data collection,
developing compliant and effective IEPs, alternative curriculum guides, state curriculum
standards, community-based instruction, alternative communication systems, classroom
management and behavior intervention, and practices to promote a healthy and safe
classroom environment.
5. Instructional Assistants are provided with relevant and ongoing training.
6. Each staff member participates in professional growth activities.
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Other Agency Involvement

Operation of life skills classes may require collaboration and/or partnership with other
community agencies including, but not limited to, the Monterey County Department of
Behavioral Health, the Monterey County Department of Health, the Monterey County
Department of Social Services, the Monterey County Department of Rehabilitation, the San
Andreas Regional Center, and various nonpublic agencies (NPAs).

Facilities/Equipment/Materials

1. Classes are operated at age-appropriate integrated sites or in a special school that may be
located on an isolated site.
2. The classroom provides adequate space to support the unique learning and safety needs
of individuals and/or groups as necessary (group instructional areas, individual work
stations, safe movement of wheelchairs, use of adapted equipment, etc.)
3. Appropriate furniture and equipment is provided to implement general classroom
instruction as well as individual IEP goals.
4. Bathroom and kitchen facilities are adapted and either in or near the classroom.
5. Instructional materials appropriate to the adopted alternative curriculum are provided.
6. The facility is maintained in good repair and at an appropriate level of cleanliness to
assure healthy conditions for all.
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ELEMENTARY

UNIVERSITY PARK SCHOOL
Catherine Hynes, Principal, chynes@monterey.k12.ca.us
Claudia Monteith, Secretary, 770-0172, Fax#:  770-0184, cmonteit@monterey.k12.ca.us
833 West Acacia Street, Salinas 93901
 
ROOM 29: Natalia DeLeon, Teacher, 424-5013  (K-3rd )
 
HENRY F. KAMMANN SCHOOL
Rick Lust, Principal, rlust@monterey.k12.ca.us
Lupe Anderson, Secretary, 385-1244 x21, Fax#:  385-8569, luanders@monterey.k12.ca.us
521 Rochex Street, Salinas 93906
 
ROOM 45: Chris Sanchez, Teacher, 449-5209 (K-2nd)
ROOM 46: Jeni Bullock, Teacher, 449-4510 (K-3rd)
ROOM 47: Marilou Avena, Teacher , 449-4765 (4th-6th)
 
FREMONT SCHOOL
Rick Lust, Principal, rlust@monterey.k12.ca.us
Lupe Anderson, Secretary, 385-1244 x21, Fax#:  385-8569, luanders@monterey.k12.ca.us
1255 East Market St., Salinas 93905
 
ROOM 21: Karen Aguirre, Teacher, 424-9289 (K-3rd)
ROOM 22: Ivan Rodriguez, Teacher, 424-4877 (4th-6th) 

LA JOYA SCHOOL
Rick Lust, Principal, rlust@monterey.k12.ca.us
Lupe Anderson, Secretary, 385-1244 x21, Fax#:  385-8569, luanders@monterey.k12.ca.us
55 Rogge Rd., Salinas 93906

ROOM M-1: Diane Green, Teacher, 443-6587 (4th-5th)

GABILAN SCHOOL
Rick Lust, Principal,  rlust@monterey.k12.ca.us
Lupe Anderson, Secretary, 385-1244 x21, Fax#: 385-8569, luanders@monterey.k12.ca.us
417 N. Russ Street, King City 93930
 
ROOM 1: Carrie Willson, Teacher, 385-1244
ROOM 3: Cynthia Phillips, Teacher, 385-1244
 
SANTA LUCIA SCHOOL
Rick Lust, Principal,  rlust@monterey.k12.ca.us
Lupe Anderson, Secretary, 385-1244 x21, Fax#: 385-8569, luanders@monterey.k12.ca.us
417 N. Russ Street, King City 93930
 
ROOM 21: Carol Anthony, Teacher, 386-9390
ROOM 22: Eugene Mosqueda, Teacher, 386-9707
 
ARTHUR B. INGHAM SCHOOL
Linda Yellich, Principal, lyellich@monterey.k12.ca.us
Alice Fields, Secretary, 484-2102, Fax #: 484-2543, afields@monterey.k12.ca.us
47 San Benancio Road, Salinas 93908
 
ROOM 3: Melanie Crall, Teacher,  484-2102 x303
ROOM 5: William “Gui” Milgate, Teacher, 484-2102 x305
ROOM 6: Mack Smith, Teacher, 484-2102 x306
ROOM 7: Mary Helen Crozier, Teacher, 484-2102 x307
ROOM 8: Deborah Vierra, Teacher, 484-2102 x308
ROOM 9: Linda Westoby, Teacher, 484-2102 x309
 
RUTH ANDRESEN SCHOOL
 
Linda Yellich, Principal, lyellich@monterey.k12.ca.us
Alice Fields, Secretary, 484-2102, x300, Fax #: 484-2543, afields@monterey.k12.ca.us
2100 McKinnon Street, Salinas 93906
 
ROOM 129: Helen Ancheta, Teacher, 449-3741 x202  (1st-5th)

ROOM 124: Kathy Hicks, Teacher, 449-3741 x203 (1st-5th)

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SECONDARY
 
SAN BENANCIO MIDDLE SCHOOL
Linda Yellich, Principal, lyellich@monterey.k12.ca.us
Alice Fields, Secretary, 484-2102 x300, Fax #: 484-2543, afields@monterey.k12.ca.us
43 San Benancio Cyn. Road, Salinas 93908
 
ROOM 6: Kathy Bravo, Teacher, 484-0114
 
 
BOLSA KNOLLS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Jonna Triggs, Principal,  jtriggs@monterey.k12.ca.us
Claribel Solis, Secretary, 784-4202, Fax#: 769-0732, csolis@monterey.k12.ca.us
1031-A Rogge Rd. Salinas 93906
 
ROOM 101: Sharon Anthony, Teacher, 443-5359
ROOM 102: Alyce Avenell, Teacher, 443-5443
ROOM 103: Josephine Armeli, Teacher, 443-6158
ROOM 104: Ralp Abarico, Teacher, 443-8216, (6th-8th)

CHALONE PEAKS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Rick Lust, Principal, rlust@monterey.k12.ca.us
Lupe Anderson, Secretary, 385-1244 x21, FAX# 385-8569  luanders@monterey.k12.ca.us
667 Meyer Street, King City, 93930

ROOM 201: Joel Millares, Teacher, 385-4400 x200 (6th-8th)
 

NORTH MONTEREY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
Catherine Hynes, chynes@monterey.k12.ca.us
Claudia Monteith, Secretary, 770-0172, FAX# 770-0184, cmonteit@monterey.k12.ca.us
13990 Castroville Blvd., Castroville 95012

ROOM 101: Tom Doty, 633-5221 x305 (9th-12th)


 
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