• Our Mission

    The mission of Lakeport Unified School District and the Department of Special Education is to provide every student with individualized, high-quality instruction and a well-rounded educational experience that includes promoting success and personal independence.

    Our Vision

    All LUSD students with identified needs will receive high-quality instruction, programs, and services to empower them to reach their full potential with an emphasis on inclusion, dignity and respect.  


    (Education Code 56031, 56040, 56301, 56321, 56343)

    What is Special Education?

    As defined by California Education code (section 56031), special education is:

    Specially designed instruction to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs, whose educational needs cannot be met with modification of the general instruction program; and Related Services that help individuals with special needs to benefit from specially designed instruction. Special Education is an integral part of the total public education system. Other features of Special Education are:

    • Services are provided in a way that promotes maximum interaction between students with and without disabilities in a manner which is appropriate to the needs of both.
    • Services are provided at no cost to parents.
    • Services include a full range of program options to meet the educational and service requirements of individuals with exceptional needs in the least restrictive environment (LRE). The LRE is generally the setting that is most similar to those attended by general education students.

    Who is Eligible for Special Education Services?

    A student may be eligible for special education services as an individual with special needs in one or more of thirteen qualifying areas identified by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004). These are:

    1. Autism
    2. Deaf-blindness
    3. Deafness
    4. Hearing impairment (hard of hearing)
    5. Intellectual disability
    6. Multiple disabilities
    7. Orthopedic impairment
    8. Other health impairment
    9. Severe emotional disturbance
    10. Specific learning disability
    11. Speech or language impairment
    12. Traumatic brain injury
    13. Visual impairment

    Lakeport Unified School District currently supports a continuum of special education program settings and related services by licensed and credentialed staff for those students who qualify.  These services include: Speech and Language Services, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Resource classroom setting, and Special Day Class setting.


    If you have questions concerning Special Education services or for records requests, please contact the LUSD Special Education Office in one of the following ways:

    Phone: 707-262-3017

    Fax: 707-262-5532

    In Person:

    Special Education Office, located at 2548 Howard Avenue, Lakeport

    Office hours:  8:00am-4:00pm

    By Mail:

    Lakeport Unified School District

    Special Education Department

    2508 Howard Ave.

    Lakeport, CA 95453


    By Email:

    Cary Stillman, Director:   cstillman@lakeportusd.org

    Kerry Shaw, Special Education Secretary:  kshaw@lakeportusd.org