Special Education - Floyd I. Marchus School
The Counseling and Education Program (CEP) provides
integrated counseling and special education services for elementary,
middle and secondary school students who have been identified with significant
emotional and behavioral needs. Students are referred to the CEP from
any of the 16 participating school districts of the Contra Costa County
Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA).
The CEP is based at the Floyd
I. Marchus School in Concord and extends through a network
of satellite classes on district sites throughout the county. Also
integrated into the program is an intensive mental health enhanced
classroom at the middle school level that was formed in partnership
with county mental health services.
The CEP relies on the support and participation of
each student's family as well as numerous related agencies. The staff
communicates frequently with families and encourages them to connect
with and fully utilize community support services. A rich level of support
staff includes school social workers, psychologists, a speech therapist,
nurse, occupational therapist, and a vocational transition specialist.
The intent of the CEP is to help students address their
educational and personal issues, change their behavior, and transition
to a less restrictive educational setting when appropriate. Accordingly,
the CEP teaches academic, social, and conflict resolution skills that
emphasize academic achievement and promote healthy emotional development.
Additionally, the CEP uses a variety of behavior management techniques
to help students correct the inappropriate behaviors which may inhibit
their return to a district school campus. Students are recommended for
placement in the satellite classes when their behavior is appropriate
for a district school campus.
The academic curriculum is standards-based and CEP
teachers and staff strive to provide a program similar to that which
students may expect upon returning to their district school. All students
have access to state-adopted curriculum materials in all of the core
content areas. Furthermore, all students in grades 2-11 are expected
to participate in the state mandated STAR testing process and seniors
are expected to pass the CASHEE in order to obtain their diploma. For
interested secondary level students, two ROP vocational training programs
are based at the Marchus campus.
The staff/student classroom ratio approximates one
teacher to eight students with one instructional assistant per class.
The exception to this staffing level is in the mental health enhanced
class, which has a teacher and three instructional assistants. Target
class size is eight students with a minimum class size of six students
and a maximum of ten. There are a total of 180 student instructional
days with an additional 20 days of extended year. The Marchus School
bell schedule starts at 8:30 and concludes at 2:00. In large part, satellite
classes follow their district site calendars and bell times.
The staff members work within a collaborative model
to help each student meet the social, emotional, academic, and behavioral
goals that are prescribed in the student's Individual Education Program
(IEP). Each student has an assigned counselor who serves as the student
case manager and acts as the educational liaison for student services.
Psychological assessment and Designated Instructional Services (DIS)
are available through appropriate referral and assessment. These pupil
services are included in the overall cost of the program.
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Marchus School was dedicated in May of 1985 in honor of former Superintendent
of Schools, Floyd I. Marchus. Floyd Marchus had a long career with
the County Office of Education, serving as Superintendent for 21 years
and as Director of Research for ten years prior. He was also a former
executive officer of the County Board of Education.
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