Welcome to the DUSD Special Education Department

  • The Duarte Unified School District is committed to providing eligible students with exceptional needs a free and appropriate public education consistent with federal and state laws as defined under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004)Duarte Unified is dedicated to identifying, locating and assessing all students within the boundary areas of the District from birth to 21 years of age who may have disabilities including those in non-public schools, and providing appropriate support and/or related services to those students determined by an educational evaluation.
    The Special Education Department delivers a full range of services such as speech and language support, psychological and counseling services, adapted physical education, occupational therapy, resource specialist support, as well as specialized classes. In addition, in cooperation with the California State Department of Rehabilitation, and the California Department of Education, the School District offers excellent "school to work" programs that prepare our students for the transition to the world of work. Duarte Unified also offers preschool programs for learners with special needs.  


    These services are provided based on the individual needs of the student. After a team, comprised of educational professionals and the parent(s), determines a students’ unique needs and consider a variety of factors, an Individual Education Program (IEP) is created. An IEP is a legal document that describes how the Duarte Unified School District provides services to eligible students. Our team of Special Education professionals work in collaboration with general education teachers, counselors, support providers including our instructional assistants, administrators and parents.
    Duarte Unified is a member of the West San Gabriel Valley Special Education Local Plan Area or SELPA. This is a consortium of school districts that serve the common needs of their students. The SELPA members Duarte Unified shares programs and services with are Arcadia, Monrovia, South Pasadena, Alhambra, Garvey, Temple City, Rosemead, San Gabriel, El Monte, Valle Lindo, San Marino and Mountain View School Districts. 
    For more information, about the Duarte Unified Special Education Department, please contact:
    Jesús Ruiz
    Director of Special Education
    (626) 599-5006 phone
    (626) 786-1591 cell