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In today’s world, technology continues to influence instructional options for scholars and families.

Compass Charter Schools is a virtual independent study charter school, and we provide special education support services in a virtual  environment for scholars with IEPs.  The Compass Special Education Program provides services for less than half the day through virtual, online, services..  Each scholar is assigned to a general education Supervising teacher to provide participation in the general education curriculum and activities.  

The Special Education Program includes Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI), provided by CCS Special Education Instructors, called Education Specialists.  Compass provides services by teachers with mild to moderate and moderate to severe credentials.  Related services for Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy,  Psychological Services and other related services are provided by certified nonpublic agencies under contract  with CCS.  Services are always based on the scholar’s IEP.   Each scholar is also assigned a case manager who is responsible for monitoring the IEP process.  The case manager may be the same person as your Education Specialist,  Speech Therapist or another CCS special education staff.  Scholars are provided a schedule for their services from the therapist assigned and or Educational Specialist during school hours. 

For new enrollees to CCS, the scholar is provided with an interim placement for 30 calendar days that is comparable to the last signed IEP from the last district or charter of attendance, unless CCS and the parent agree otherwise.  

The California Department of Education provides explicit rules regarding the admission of scholars with IEPs into an independent study program:

  • Special education scholars may not participate in independent study unless it is specified as an instructional method in their individualized education program (IEP). EC Section 51745(c)
  • Independent study charter schools must enroll all learners who meet the enrollment requirements set in their charter.
  • For a learner who has an IEP and wants to participate in independent study, a determination as to whether independent study is appropriate must be made within thirty days and written into the IEP.

Compass is a proud member of the

The El Dorado Charter SELPA strives to provide parents with relevant resources that may help navigate the special education process. Additionally, we encourage parents to advocate on behalf of their child, and for the improvement of special education statewide.

Special Education