The following is how the Special Education Department will support the mission of Yucca Valley High School.
Special Education Department
The mission of the Yucca Valley High School special education department is to support all students with special needs, their teachers, and their parents. We work to support students withtheir individual academic, personal, and career goals to successfully transition to postsecondary endeavors while promoting the least restrictive environment possible. In doing so, we strive to increase students’ academic and basic skills by supporting their daily efforts within the school environment.
This mission statement will be used to:
1. Guide the Special Education Department decision making.
2. Guide special education teacher instruction and planning.
3. Guide special education case manager responsibilities.
Our students are excited about the Life Skills Program. The Life Skills Program offers parents and teachers a variety of unique and evolutionary education programs that deliver powerful lessons in life skills principles and values to enhance children's academic and personal lives. The first of the series is Mind Magic; a resource and professional development program aimed at promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of children aged 5+. It's a life skills education program which teaches 8 powerful life principles! It’s fun and interactive whilst teaching important skills such as resilience, self-responsibility and self-esteem. It is designed to meet the needs of students with moderate to severe cognitive and communication disorders. There are three courses available to these special students. Students may enroll each year if they are eligible. For more information visit the links listed below.
Special Education at Yucca Valley High School
Yucca Valley High School provides a broad range of services to support the Individual Education Programs of its students receiving specialized academic instruction. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Interview with Gilbert Berry
“I spent eight years as an educator at the juvenile hall when I decided to make a change in my career. In college, teaching was a career path I had considered. Teaching gave me the opportunity to spend time with my family and share my love of education with others After earning a master's in special education and completing my preliminary clear of my education specialist credential, it was certain that this is where I was meant to be. Teaching students is like a puzzle, and in the end it all comes together. Being a teacher since 2005, I have learned that there is not only a lot that my students can learn from me but also a lot that I can learn from them. I have found that sometimes you have to throw your lesson plans away and just listen to what the kids have to say and make each moment a learning opportunity. I love a good challenge. You have to think within yourself to create the perfect learning environment for each student. Even though I still feel I am at the beginning of this journey that is becoming my teaching career, it is sure that in the years to come, I will only find more joy in my job. I love kids and everything about them and as long as they keep coming into my classroom I will continue to fill their brains with important lifelong skills.”