NCSOS operates programs and provides services to students in Preschool – 12th grade. If a district student has needs that exceed the level of support provided by a district, a referral to the county may be made by the district. All services, however, must be agreed upon in the IEP prior to NCSOS beginning services.
Adapted Physical Education (Preschool – 8th grade)
Adapted Physical Education is for students who require developmental or corrective instruction and who are precluded from participation in the activities of the general physical education program, modified physical education program, or in a specially designed physical education program in a special class. Staff provide services to students enrolled in the NCSOS programs as well as serving district students. NCSOS is the only provider of APE for Preschool-8th. Students in grades 9-12 receive services from the high school district.
Behavior Support (Preschool – 8th grade)
NCSOS has two Behavior Specialists who are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA). Both support the classrooms operated by NCSOS and attend regular continuing education classes to maintain certification and learn current research practices in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis. Our BCBAs have trained and provide on-going support and guidance to five (5) Registered Behavior Technicians (RBT) who are placed in identified classrooms and provide additional behavior support for targeted students. Prior to a NCSOS program referral and/or to avoid a referral all together, our BCBAs work with referring districts and arrange time to observe students and provide input and suggestions to district staff.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (Preschool – 12th grade)
This regional program serves children who are deaf or hard of hearing. This program focuses on the development of language, communication, academics, and social development skills. DHH staff can accept referrals to serve all students who reside in Nevada County.
Nursing Services (Preschool – 8th grade)
NCSOS has one school nurse who serves only the students attending one of the NCSOS operated classrooms. Our school nurse supports the medical/health needs of our students, primarily focusing on training staff on the medical/health needs of our students, creation and implementation of student health care plans. In addition, our nurse provides daily health support to students, as needed/required.
Occupational Therapy (Preschool – 8th grade)
Occupational Therapy instructional services are available when the instruction and services are necessary for the student to benefit educationally from his/her instructional program. Services are based on educational need, not strictly whether the child would benefit, in some way, from OT. OT is not intended to maximize skill level, but rather to develop as much as possible, the foundations necessary for the child to benefit from his/her individualized educational plan. Staff provide services to students enrolled in the NCSOS programs as well as serving district students in five (5) different districts. Students in grades 9-12 receive services from the high school district.
Orthopedically Impaired (Preschool – 12th grade)
This regional program serves children who have severe physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy. Students often follow a typical core academic curriculum. Our NCSOS OI Specialist works in collaboration with the classroom teacher in order to ensure the student is able to access their educational program. OI staff can accept referrals to serve all students who reside in Nevada County
Resource Specialist Program – RSP (8th – 12th grade)
NCSOS has one Resource Specialist Program teacher who serves students attending the county’s continuation (EJ) and juvenile detention (Sugarloaf) schools. Students typically are 8-12th grade. Staff collaborate with general education teachers and provide direct and indirect instruction to students who receive specialized academic instruction (SAI) as determined by the IEP team.
Severely Multi-Disabled (K – 8th grade)
These programs serve students who have multiple severe disabilities and/or moderate to severe developmental disabilities and may be medically fragile. Depending on the identified student needs, developmental disabilities and may be medically fragile. Depending on the identified student needs, this program may focus on functional skills in the areas of communication, functional academics, self help, independent living, vocational, and enrichment/recreation. Their instructional program is designed to help students communicate, to achieve maximum independence in daily life skills, to be mobile, and to develop social skills.
Special Day Classrooms (Preschool)
NCSOS has two Special Day Preschool Classrooms. Staff focus on pre-academic skills, communication, and behavior. Staff work diligently to assist the children in becoming successful students.
NCSOS has two Inclusion preschool classrooms. In partnership with Head Start/State Preschool, these classrooms serve students who are neuro-typical alongside students with special needs. Each classroom has four (4) students on IEPs with up to eight (8) neuro-typical students.
Speech and Language (Preschool – 8th grade)
NCSOS has one Speech-Language Pathologist and one Speech Language Pathology Assistant who serve only the students attending one of the NCSOS operated classrooms. Our staff serve students with moderate to severe communication delays and work closely with classroom staff and other service providers to improve a student’s expressive and receptive language. In addition, staff support students who have needs in the area alternative & augmentative communication (AAC), such as the use of various communication devices.
Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)
A unique position in NCSOS, our TOSA provides support to all teachers, focusing the majority of efforts with our beginning teachers. Our TOSA provides training and guidance on IEP paperwork, with our beginning teachers. Our TOSA provides training and guidance on IEP paperwork, classroom curriculum, behavior supports, program planning, and much more.
Therapeutic Learning Classroom (TLC) (1st – 8th grade)
Students who have identified mental health needs that prevent them from being successful in their home school district may be referred to this classroom. Students do not have a learning disability, but are often behind due to their behaviors. Mental Health Therapists and a Behavior Analyst (BCBA) provide services and supports to all students in these classrooms.
Visually Impaired & Orientation and Mobility (Preschool – 12th grade)
This regional program serves students who are blind or partially sighted. The program focuses on basic independence, mobility, and academic skills. VI/O&M staff can accept referrals to serve all students who reside in Nevada County.
Our administrative office is located at 380 Crown Point Circle, Grass Valley, CA 95945. Phone: (530) 478-6400 (x2036)