• Carrie Nerheim,
    Executive Director of Student Support Services

    Welcome to the Walnut Creek School District Special Services Department. The department encompasses a variety of services in the areas of Special Education, Related Services, Auxiliary Services, and 504 Plans.

    The mission of the department is to provide high quality, research-based education in the least restrictive environment to enable all students to realize their maximum potential.

    The District provides high-quality education for all students.. All individuals have the right to receive a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), including those with disabilities. The district provides special education instruction and services in accordance with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Students with disabilities are placed in the least restrictive environment. Parents who have concerns about their child's progress should confer with their child’s teacher. 


    Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires districts to locate, identify, and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged 2.9 through 21, who are in need of special education services. Parents of preschool-aged students, age 2.9-5 who have concerns about their child can contact the Special Education Department at (925)944-6850 ext. 2023 to request information on screening, evaluation, or eligibility.