Welcome to the Special Education Department

  • There are five programs in the Special Education Department at Mills High School: Specialized Academic Instruction, Applied Academic Curriculum (2), the H.O.P.E. and the San Mateo County Orthopedically Impaired Program. Our philosophy is that the greatest learning occurs in the general education setting utilizing individualized accommodations, therefore great effort is made to ensure that all students in special education are placed in the least restrictive environment.

    Students in the Specialized Academic Instruction Program are predominantly placed in the mainstream courses. All students in the S.A.I. program receive a period of Directed Studies, which is a support class to help them access the mainstream curriculum. Mills implemented co-taught classes that include one general education teacher and one special education teacher to allow for further support.

    Students in the Applied Academic Curriculum and County Orthopedically Impaired Program take all of their academic classes in a self-contained setting; however, they may be mainstreamed for electives.  These students work towards a Certificate of Completion in lieu of a diploma.

    The H.O.P.E. is designed for students to integrate into the mainstream setting with special supports and services in place to ensure success.

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