Educational Services

Educational Services serves the staff and students of the district through the following departments: Curriculum and Assessment, Academic Equity and Categorical Programs, Student Services, Special Education, Professional Development, and Educational Technology.

Our division provides information and consultation to the school sites, community, Superintendent, and the Board of Trustees in providing effective, engaging, and academically rigorous programs for all Santa Cruz City Schools students.

Educating Diverse Students Ensuring Research-Based Vibrant Instruction Committed to Excellence Schoolwide/Systemwide

There are five schools serving over 2,500 students in the elementary district. The secondary district includes two middle schools, three comprehensive high schools, a continuation school, an independent study program and a home school program with a combined population of approximately 4,400 students. We welcome you to tour the Educational Services division and school site links to learn more about the outstanding programs and services offered in the district.

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

The office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (CIA) oversees instructional materials adoption, district literacy and math assessments, standardized testing, and the articulation of both mandatory and local assessments. District-wide Professional Development in the elementary and secondary districts is also coordinated through this office. Other programs and services within the CIA include curriculum committees, monitoring and reporting No Child Left Behind compliance, review and approval of instructional materials, analysis of new course proposals for Board approval, instructional reform task-forces and articulation with higher education. The major focus of CIA is collaboration with administrators and teachers to promote and enhance academic achievement for all students. More info

Student Services

The Student Services and Health Services departments identify and assist in removing many of the barriers to learning. The Department of Student Services works within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to promote, create and support School Climates which provide Caring Relationships, High Expectations, and Meaningful Participation to each and every student. Student Services supports a safe school climate in which student health and mental health needs are addressed so they can be ready to learn and achieve at their highest levels. Counseling, social work, and nursing services are provided in a culturally sensitive context. More info

Special Education

Special Education is an integral part of the public education system. It is specifically designed instruction to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act emphasizes the student's participation in the general education curriculum and expands the Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to include general education teachers. Under IDEA, students who are eligible for special education have the right to a Free and Appropriate Public Education. Santa Cruz City Schools offers a full range of service options for eligible students. More info

Uniform Complaints/Williams

A complaint is a written statement alleging discrimination, harassment, or a violation of a federal or state law or regulation. A complaint must be filed by way of the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) as written in the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, sections 4600-4687. Issues that may involve filing a complaint using the UCP are under various state and federal programs that use categorical funds such as Adult Education, Career Technical Education, Child Development, Consolidated Categorical Programs, Indian Education, Migrant Education, Nutrition Education, and Special Education. More info

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