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About Student Support Services/Special Education

Welcome to the Scotts Valley Unified School District Student Support Services/Special Education Department.  Our mission is to support all students by implementing strategies and services to improve student success.  Our goal is to meet student needs with high-quality, researched-based instruction and interventions to consistently monitor student progress ensuring the best educational decisions are made.  Through collaboration with staff, students, and parents, programs and services are articulated and communicated to make effective decisions in each student's best interest.

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Interim Director of Special Education
Michele Syth
(831) 438-1820, x.103


Director of Student Services
Michelle Stewart
(831) 438-1820, x.114


Administrative Assistant
Alyssa Martinez
(831) 438-1820, x.102


Student Services Program Specialist
Magdalena Macias
(831) 438-1820, x.118






A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state.


In April 2012, two organizations, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association, filed a lawsuit against the CDE alleging widespread, systemic non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws.  The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law.  The CDE denies these allegations and is actively defending the litigation.


Districts in our county were not involved in the lawsuit and are not the subject of any of the suit's allegations.


Nonetheless, as a part of this lawsuit, CDE has been ordered by the court to release all data it has collected on general and special education students since Jan 1, 2008.


For more information regarding the release of this data and how you can file an objection with the court to consider not releasing your data, visit:  You may also contact the California Department of Education at





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The Scotts Valley Unified School District encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs, services and activities. Individuals who require special accommodation (American Sign Language interpreter, reader, assisted listening device, note taker, taped text, Braille or large print materials, accessible seating, etc.) should contact the Director of Student Support Services.  If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Sharlene Ames, (831) 438-1820, ext. 103 or at least 48 hours in advance of your participation or visit.