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Student Programs and Support Services

Welcome to the Student Programs and Support Services (SPSS) Division of the Mendocino County Office of Education. The SPSS Division is comprised of several departments; With a focus on improving achievement for all students, each department provides a unique array of services, all collectively designed to meet the needs of the students and instructors within Mendocino County.

Alternative Education Programs

The Alternative Education Program serves students in its Court Schools, County Community Schools, Independent Study Program, and the CalSAFE program. These programs serve approximately 250 enrolled students at any one time at 13 sites throughout Mendocino County and over 500 students annually.  In 1977, the state legislature passed AB 915, which became the County Community Schools Act to enroll: Pupils who have been expelled from school; Pupils who have been referred by a School Attendance Review Board (SARB); Pupils who are on juvenile probation or court wards; Pupils who are homeless; Pregnant & parenting teens through the CalSAFE Program

Career Technical Education

CTE provides training in technical skills which can lead to employment, upgrading skills, advanced training and job training classes for high school and adult students. CTE (which includes ROP) is continually developing new classes to respond to students, schools and the local labor market. Whether you are an adult seeking new job skills, a high school student searching for a career path or a college-bound student wanting a course pertaining to your major, CTE is for you!

Child Development Services

The development of early care and education programs for students of grades 0-5 mission goal of MCOE to insure wide-range, quality educational opportunities for all students. This is accomplished through cooperative efforts with school districts, families, and communities. Currently, the Child Development Division is coordinating the following programs in collaboration with the California Department of Education: Cal-SAFE, Regional Lead for Healthy Start, After School Programs, ASES (After School Education and Safety) and 21st Century Learning programs. MCOE is also the LEA for the Mendocino County Local Child Care Planning Council, FIRST 5 School Readiness and Special Needs Projects.

Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment

MCOE assists teachers, principals, and districts in implementing State Board Adopted Content Standards, which form the basis for curriculum development in grades Kindergarten through 12. The County Office also provides workshops that focus on standards implementation, textbook adoption, and research based strategies. Workshops, seminars, and summer institutes are offered across subject areas, addressing effective instructional strategies.

Instructional Technology Support Services

ITSS is the MCOE department responsible for the California Technology Assistance Project. CTAP is a group of regional consortia who provide technical assistance to county offices of education, districts and schools on issues related to educational technology. The mission of CTAP Region 1 is to provide all students and staff within the region direct access to technology, technical assistance and technical information. This is to be done by restructuring and coordinating the variety of existing programs and services into a new model of support, using the funding made available through CTAP.

Partnership for Student Success

The Mendocino County Partnership for Student Success was formed at the request of school district superintendents to provide services, support, and processes directed towards the immediate improvement of student achievement. Members of the partnership include all of the school districts in Mendocino County and the Mendocino County Office of Education. The partnership staff works directly with school and district administrators to determine their districts' needs for customized services and processes to improve student achievement at a particular school site and/or districtwide. The services provided are designed to support schools' and/or districts' ongoing efforts for school reform.

Prevention Education

The Prevention Education Department is to provide an umbrella of comprehensive health education to all students with a youth development focus that respects, honors and supports young people. Comprehensive programs should include health curriculum, information on tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, violence and hate-motivated behavior, sex education, school safety (physical and emotional), guest speakers, counseling, student assistance programs, mentoring, and recreational opportunities. These programs may vary from district to district depending on the needs of local youth and families.

Professional Development

MCOE sponsors a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, and parents. Workshops are offered throughout the year, usually during the late afternoon and early evening hours and on Saturdays, across a wide range of topics. Professional development is provided for teacher and administrator certification and credentialing, curriculum and instruction, home, school, and community involvement, and school leadership. The County Office also hosts many regional professional development institutes that are offered by such groups or organizations as the Redwood Writing Project, the North Bay Math Project, the California Reading and Literature Project, the Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment Project, and the Statewide Systems of School Support.

Special Education

The Special Education department offers specialized instructional services for children ages birth to 22 who have physical, emotional, or mental disabilities. The department operates a countywide day treatment program and provides daily classroom itinerant instruction for over 120 of the county's most severely disabled school-age students. The department oversees Non-Public Schools program and administers and funds educational services for students residing in licensed children's institutions.

The Special Education staff strives to provide each student with a high-quality, standards-based educational experience that prepares them for successful transition to the highest possible level of independence. The department has approximately 50 employees who deliver services in the 12 districts and community sites within Mendocino County. Those services include special day classes, speech and language therapy, school psychologist services, occupational and physical therapy, support for visually impaired and deaf/hard of hearing students, orientation and mobility training, vocational training, counseling, and assessments.


The Cal-SAFE program is available to provide academic and child care/developmental services to teen parents in order to help them successfully complete their high school education.

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