Program and Services Options

Program and Service Options

Lynwood Unified School District makes available a range of educational programs for students with special needs.  The IEP team determines placement and services of each student based on the principle of Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).  LRE means that a student is to participate in as much of the general education program as is appropriate in view of his/her educational needs. In other words, the District will remove children from the general classroom only when the nature or severity of the child's disability is such that the child's education in general education classes with supplementary aids and services cannot be satisfactorily achieved.


The following are program options:


Preschool Program 

Preschool-age children (3-5 until eligible for Kindergarten) with special needs may be served in several ways:

  • Designated instruction and services
  • Head Start or Lynwood USD Preschool with designated instruction and services


General Education Class Program 

A student with special needs may be placed in a general education classroom program when the IEP team determines that his/her educational needs can be met in that setting with the use of supplementary aids and services.


Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) 

A student can receive SAI in any of these programs as determined by the IEP team: 


Mild /Moderate (M/M) Programs

Responsibilities of the Mild/Moderate teachers include providing instruction, monitoring student progress, implementing and revising IEPs, coordinating services, and consulting with parents and staff.  Specialized academic instruction may be provided in the general education classroom or in a M/M classroom, as deemed appropriate by the IEP team.

A student may need M/M services for a small amount of time if the student can make progress in a general education classroom for a majority of the school day. M/M class is available for the majority of the student’s day if the IEP team determines the student requires more SAI. 


Moderate/Severe (M/S) Programs

A student is eligible for M/S when the IEP team determines that his/her educational needs require support for the majority of the student’s day. Students in separate M/S classes will participate in nonacademic and extracurricular activities with their typically developing peers to the maximum extent appropriate.


Related Services 

Support services are provided when they are required to assist a student with special needs to benefit educationally from his/her special education program.


Support services may include:

  • Speech and Language
  • Audiological services
  • Psychological services
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Adapted physical education
  • Counseling services
  • Orientation and mobility services
  • Specialized vision services
  • Specialized deaf and hard-of-hearing services
  • Health and nursing – specialized physical healthcare services
  • Assistive technology services
  • Braille transcription