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Special Education


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Woodside High School's Special Education Department has a myriad of programs. We service students with a variety of disabilities that range from mild learning disabilities to severe learning and physical disabilities. Our department is comprised of three basic supports: Specialized Academic Instruction (Study Skills and/or Co-taught Courses), Independent Living Skills (ILS) and Therapeutic Day School (STARS).

The department works closely with the School Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist and the Adaptive Physical Education Program. It is our goal to offer each of our students the very best opportunities available at a comprehensive high school to advance personally, academically, and vocationally.

Specialized Academic Instruction

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Specialized Academic Instruction

Below are teachers with Special Education credentials who work with students in a Study Skills class and also work as a Co-Teacher in general education settings as well. They provide Specialized Academic Instruction:

  Push-in Integrated Math with Ms. Stefani
  Study Skills Grades 9 and 10
  Co-teaches US History with Mr. Gruszynski
Study Skills Grade 12
Co-teaches Algebra with Support with Mr.Kaddoura
Study Skills Grades 10 and 11
 Co-teaches English II Intensive with Mr. Reibstein
 Study Skills Grade 10
Co-teaches Modern European History with Ms.Ortez
Study Skills Grade 9
  Co-teaches Gov/Econ with Ms.Macioce
  Study Skills Grade10
  Co-teaches Geometry with Mr. Igoe
Study Skills Grade 10 
  Co-teaches English II with Mr. Reibstein
  Study Skills Grade 10
  Push-in Biology with Ms. Handler
  Study Skills Grade11
  Co-teaches American Government/Economics
  with Ms. Macioce & Push-in English IV with Ms. Pretto
  Study Skills Grade 12
  Co-teaches English III with Ms. Lang
Study Skills Grade 9
 Co-teaches Biology with Ms. Ighanian
  Study Skills Grade 10 
  Co-teaches English IV with Ms. Zargar
  SAC / Study Skills  
  Co-teaches English III/English II with Ms. Taylor
  Study Skills Grade 11
Independent Living Skills (ILS)

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Students with orthopedic impairments, or disabilities significantly affecting a student's ability to move, communicate and/or walk; students on the autism spectrum with social, emotional and academic needs; and students with intellectual disability are are provided support in the Independent Living Skills program.

The program provides a highly structured, highly modified functional academic and life skills curriculum to meet the individual needs of students as outlined on their IEPs. Academic instruction, independence training, social skills and transition services are integral components of the program.

Therapeutic Day School (STARS)

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Students who require a small setting with counseling support to access the curriculum attend classes in the STARS program. The IEP teams agrees to the periods and subjects that students in STARS may require this setting. STARS stands for Successful Transition Achieved with Responsive Support.

Mental Health Case Workers support students by offering counseling services that are determined by the IEP team. 

  STARS teacher (English, Science, History and Study Skills)
  Mental Health Case Worker 
  STARS Mathematics teacher
  STARS teacher (English, Social Science, and Physical Education)
School Psychologist

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School Psychologist

Ms. Sarah Hanrahan and Mr. Joe Miller are the School Psychologists for Woodside High School. Ms. Hanrahan can be reached at 650.367.9750 x. 40406.
For information on accommodations for College Board or ACT testing accommodations, please contact Katrina Rubenstein at extension 45345. 
For questions on 504 plans or SSTs, please contact Katrina Rubenstein at extension 45345. 
Speech and language

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The Speech and Language program at Woodside High School is designed to help students with language processing, voice, speech articulation or fluency changes. Assessment procedures may be indicated after a formal screening. Subsequent speech therapy is based on specific test results that profile the student's area of need.

Speech and Language Specialist
Adaptive Physical Education

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Coach Jim Bell is our Adapted PE teacher at Woodside High School. Not all students with an IEP receive Adapted PE. He works with all students who have this service on their IEP.
Other Contacts

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Wendy Porter is the administrative vice principal who oversees the special education programs at Woodside High School.
Shana Karashima is the SUHSD Program Specialist that supports students and staff at Woodside High School.