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Special Education

Community-Based Instruction

Program OverviewThe CBI program at Saratoga High School serves students with increased support needs in all areas of student life.  Students participate in an individualized schedule combining  specialized classes within a small setting, mainstream electives and community-based instruction that includes job training and community life-skills training.

Our MissionThe goal of our program is to set students on the path to becoming independent community members.  Overall instructional themes include self-advocacy, self-help, self-determination and communicative needs.  See Transition to Adulthood.  

Two Different Settings for Learning 

In the Classroom
Students are provided direct instruction in areas including basic reading and writing, functional math, basic core content, health and wellness, job development, and life and social skills.  In-class assignments, activities and weekly homework are required for student success within these topics.  Direct services such as Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy, and Adapted PE are delivered in the classroom and/or in small group or individual settings as determined by the IEP team. 

In the Community
To support generalization of skills and to provide meaningful context of classroom topics, students are expected to demonstrate their learning in the community (i.e. grocery shopping, recreational plans with friends, public transportation, workability and volunteer jobs) between two and three times per week.   Frequent community experiences are necessary for actual mastery of topics introduced in the classroom.

Specialized Academic Instruction

  • Designed to support the student in the mainstream classes
  • Students are typically in one individual academic study class and are mainstreamed for the remainder of the day
  • Some students may also take SAI content classes

Specialized Academic Instruction Content Classes

  • Meeting IEP goals and objectives through specialized individualized and small group instruction

    –         Customization of instruction to address individual learning styles and support mainstream classes

    –         Participation in and passing of the California Exit Exam (diploma bound)

    –         Follow Essential California Content Standards and District Guidelines

    –         STAR Testing


SAI Content Courses

     –         Algebra A and B, Life Science, US History, English 9/10, English 11/12, Individual Academic Study

     –         Classes serve mainly SAI students

     –         Grades 9-12

For Updated Class Descriptions, please visit the SHS Guidance page here