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Special Education

The General Functions of Special Education

The Claremont Unified School District offers a full continuum of special education programs and services for approximately 850 students. The District is committed to providing appropriate services for students with disabilities, with an emphasis on collaborative models.


The Claremont Unified School District joins ten other school districts to form the East San Gabriel Special Education Local Plan (ESGV SELPA). These districts include: Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bonita, Bassett, Charter Oak, Covina Valley, Glendora, Walnut, and West Covina.


Claremont’s Special Education supports and services include such options as speech and language support, adapted physical education, resource specialist support, as well as specialized classes. All programs are provided on regular education campuses; the special education staff is incorporated into the total general education staff at all schools. Claremont Unified also maintains its own Occupational Therapy Clinic and therapists at the Danbury School site for district provided OT services.


Although the majority of students with disabilities are served in their home districts, there are a number of specialized regional programs operated by the individual SELPA districts for all students within the ESGV SELPA. Consequently, some Claremont students with disabilities necessitating specialized programs have the opportunity to have their needs met nearby in programs operated by our SELPA partnered districts. Claremont serves as the service provider district for the SELPA’s Orthopedically Impaired and Medically Fragile students.

                   Special Education Department Contacts


Amber Verdi, Director


Phone: (909) 398-0609 Ext.72001


Ryan Ward, Coordinator


Phone: (909) 398-0609 Ext. 72003


Gretchen Carrera, Program Specialist


Phone: (909) 398-0609 Ext. 72005


Office Staff

Stacy Mikel, Office Manager


Phone:  (909) 398-0609 Ext.72002


Heidi Hesterlee, Clerical Assistant/Transportation Support


Phone:  (909) 398-0609 Ext.72004



Related Services

Jennifer Norin, Speech Therapist


Phone:  398-0609 Ext.72006

                                           Contact Us:

Special Education

170 W San Jose Ave, 2nd Floor

Claremont, California 91711

Phone and Fax

Phone: (909) 398-0609 Ext.72002

Fax: (909) 624-3268

Office Hours

Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.