Special Services

Resource Specialist Program

The Resource Specialist Program is for students who have specific learning problems in the areas of reading, writing, spelling, written or oral expression and/or math. After testing and evaluation, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written for qualified students, with the approval of parents. These students receive special instruction in addition to their regular classroom instruction. To be evaluated for this program, a student may be referred by their teacher or parents, but the parents must approve doing the assessment. After the evaluation, a meeting is held with the parents to determine eligibility and goals for the student.

Speech and Language Program

The speech therapist provides speech and language therapy based on the child’s needs. Qualification may be based on articulation or language processing. To be evaluated for this program, a student may be referred by their teacher or parents, but the parents must approve doing the assessment. After the evaluation, a meeting is held with the parents to determine eligibility and goals for the student.

Special Education

For Special Education needs, please contact Gary Johnson, Director of Special Education for MVWSD, at 650-526-3500, or at his email address gjohnson@mvwsd.org. His office is located in the district office at 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View. Mountain View is part of the Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA 1) for public schools. Currently SELPA 1 encompasses Mountain View, Los Altos, and Palo Alto. The SELPA sponsors many activities including: support group meetings, featuring guest speakers, a biannual newsletter, a support line, Ability Awareness Week, and guidelines for parents of special needs children in public schools.

Student Success Team (SST)

Parents or teachers may request an SST meeting when there is concern about the academic progress a student is making, or his/her behavior. The team consists of staff and parents, and works together to develop a plan to help that child be successful.

Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC)

CHAC provides individual and group counseling on campus for students in need at Bubb. Students can be referred by either a teacher or parent. Parental permission is required before a child can meet with the CHAC personnel. CHAC also offers the lunchtime "Just for Kids" program for students in grades 2-3, and "Tween Talk" for grades 4-5 which helps children develop decision-making and interpersonal skills. For more information about Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC), an organization dedicated to helping families with children at risk, please contact their offices at 650-965-2020; www.chacmv.org; or at 711 Church Street in Mountain View.

Arts in Action / Music in Action

The Community School of Music and Art provides programs in music and fine arts instruction. Arts in Action gives children in grades kindergarten through five hands-on instruction in the fine arts.

All students in grades kinder through three receive instruction in the music program. Music in Action, for grades four and five, is designed to introduce children to the world of music through a combination of classroom instruction and special performances by professional musicians. All three programs are provided by the PTA in partnership with the Mountain View-Whisman School District and Mountain View Education Foundation.