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Special Education - Floyd I. Marchus School


The Counseling and Education Program (CEP) provides special education services and integrated counseling for approximately 110 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 16 participating school districts of the Contra Costa County SELPA and neighboring SELPAs of Mt. Diablo and San Ramon Valley school districts.

The CEP is based at the Floyd I. Marchus School in Concord and extends to the LMC Transition class located in Antioch. Marchus School serves a K-12 population while the LMC class provides students ages 18-22 an opportunity to continue their academic program while simultaneously helping students integrate into the community through a curriculum that includes independent living and employment skills.

The intent of the CEP is to help students address their educational and emotional issues, change their behavior, and transition to a less restrictive educational setting when appropriate. Floyd I. Marchus School uses a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) system that includes a dynamic, small, structured and supportive school community that helps each student meet academic, social-emotional and behavioral goals.

Staff members work within a collaborative model to help each student meet goals that are prescribed in the student's Individual Education Program (IEP). We help students understand and modify their behavior and actions and improve decision making skills and abilities. We promote positive behavior, bolster self-esteem and increase social and academic skills that will enable students to return to a less restrictive education or community setting. Related Services (RS) are available through appropriate referral and assessment.

The academic curriculum is standards based and CEP teachers and staff provide a program that prepares students to be successful 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 CAASPP testing process. For interested secondary level students, two CTE/ROP vocational training programs are based at the Marchus campus and available for enrollment.

The staff/student classroom ratio approximates a 5:1 ratio, with one teacher and instructional assistant per class. Typical target class size is ten with a minimum class size of six students and a maximum of twelve. There are a total of 180 student instructional days within the traditional late August/early September start date and June ending month. Also available is an additional 20 days of extended school year. The Marchus School bell schedule starts at 8:30 and concludes at 2:15.

The CEP relies on the support and participation of each student's family as well as numerous related agencies. The school 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 worker, psychologists, a speech therapist, nurse, occupational therapist, and adapted physical education teacher. The counseling component of the program is identified as school based counseling, primarily delivered within a group format and structure, with an emphasis on the development of social relationship skills that will foster student success in the general education environment.

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Photo of Floyd MarchusMarchus School History

The Marchus School site and facility was dedicated in May of 1985 in honor of former county 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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Special Education Contacts:
Director, Student Programs 925.942.3376
Administrative Assistant 925.942.3376
Floyd I Marchus School
Principal David Fendel 925.602.3421
School Administrative Assistant Christie Underwood 925.602.3421

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Page updated on: December 20, 2017

Rev: 0.4-010514-BETA4