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Student & Personnel Services: Special Education

Special Education
Post-Senior Program

Post-Senior Student Volunteering at the Santa Cruz SPCA

The Santa Cruz COE Post-Senior program is available to students aged 18-22 after completion of their high school special education program. Our goal is to assist students in determining their own educational, independent living, and vocational goals while supporting their transition into adulthood. Our students attend classes in which they continue to maintain and acquire functional academic skills. Students also work on social skills, communication, problem solving, safety, and overall independent living skills. These skills are applied and practiced in real life settings as students are out in the community with staff.

Our students also work on developing pre-employment and job skills with vocational training and experience at a variety of worksites across the county. Our work experience specialist collaborates with community agencies and local employers in order to develop opportunities that align with student strengths and appeal to student interests.

Post-Senior Student Enjoying the Pool

Another aspect of our program is classwork at Cabrillo College. Students primarily enroll in Adapted Physical Education courses such as swimming, yoga, adapted dance, tennis and weight lifting. Other popular courses offered to our students are Computer Lab, Reading Lab, and Keyboarding. However, depending on student skills and independence level, other courses may be appropriate and are determined individually.

Post-Senior Student Enjoying the Pool


Santa Cruz County Office of Education  |  400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  |  831.466.5600  |  Fax: 831.466.5607
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides quality educational programs and services to a diverse community.