Palisades Charter High School

Special Education

Students who qualify for special education supports and services under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) are provided an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) designed to meet their unique needs.  

Pali’s comprehensive Special Education Department provides services and supports for students with mild to severe disabilities. Pali has the following programs on site:

Resource Specialist Program (RSP) designed to support students enrolled primarily in the general education setting.

Special Day Program (SPD - SLD) provides core content instruction by credentialed special education teachers within a small class setting.

Special Day Program (SDP - MD) serves students with multiple disabilities and provides instruction using an alternate curriculum focused on functional academic development and independent living skills.

Related services in the areas of speech and language; occupational therapy; physical therapy; itinerant teachers for hearing and/or vision impairments; counseling; and LRE counseling are provided as indicated on a student’s Individualized Education Plan.  Pali contracts with a transition teacher to support post school success for special education students.

Pali employs a full time school psychologist who provides assessment and support for our student population.

All special education students are assigned a case carrier, a credentialed special education teacher, who monitors and assists each student's progress toward attainment of IEP goals through completion of their educational program at Pali.  

Our general and special education teachers work collaboratively to meet the needs of our students and ensure their Individualized Education Plan is implemented.

Palisades Charter High School is proud to be a founding member of the Charter Operated Programs (COP) Unit of the LAUSD Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).  The Charter Operated Programs Unit provides support and oversight for charter school special education programs. 

Parents may participate in district wide parent committees and training opportunities.  Visit the following link to find important LAUSD announcements and upcoming events:

If your child is experiencing difficulties, please contact his/her counselor to explore school wide supports.


Booklets and brochures about Special Education and the IEP process. If you'd like more information you can attend one of the parent trainings run by the LAUSD Division of Special Education Parent Information Office. For a calendar of events click here.

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Mary Bush
Assistant Principal
Director of Student Support Services
(310) 230-7240

Emilie Larew
Department Co-Chair
(310) 230-6623, x7245

Nancy Simon
Department Co-Chair
(310) 230-6623, x5106



Palisades Charter High School      15777 Bowdoin Street, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272      Tel: (310) 230-6623      Fax: (310) 454-6076

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