Rio Mesa High School’s special education program is very diverse. We offer Severely Handicapped, Orthopedically Impaired, Hearing Impaired, Specialized Academic Instruction (formerly known as Special Day Class and Resource Specialist Program), non-enhanced Emotionally Disturbed programs, and Autism programs. Additional services include Adaptive Physical Education, speech and language, and a full-time school psychologist.
This year we are creating the first RMHS learning center that will be in operation in September, including a three-tiered program for low, mid, high levels of intervention, modeling the RTI 2 model set forth by the state of California.
Our department is shared between two department chairs; traditionally one chair represents SDC and the other represents RSP. In short, we have a diverse, effective, and overall well-performing special education program.
Among the very diverse special education programs at Rio Mesa, the Resource Specialist Program is the largest. This year, we had four resource specialists supporting an average of one-hundred RSP students. Over half of our students benefited from support RSP directed studies classes (SAI) where we prepared them for the various state tests and helped them complete challenging homework. Our team was able to support sixty-two RSP students and hundreds of general education students in ten co-teaching classes (English and math). In the fall, we look forward to working in our new learning center that will support all academically struggling students on our campus. It will be under construction this summer and will be part of our three-tier RTI plan. Rio Mesa High School offers the most diverse placement options of any of the school sites within the Oxnard Union High School District for students once identified as Special Day Class (SDC). We are the only site that offers programs exclusively for students with Autism, Hearing Impairment, and Orthopedic Impairment, with enrollment, offered district-wide, and, in the case of Hearing Impairment, county-wide. For students who are on non-diploma track, we offer two Severely Handicapped self-contained programs and one partial inclusion model program. Students with Emotional Disturbance are offered a self-contained program with the option to be included in the general education setting when appropriate. Students with Learning Disabilities are on diploma track and are included in the general education setting for remedial classes (English and reading), co-taught college prep courses (math, social sciences, and sciences) when appropriate, and electives, while all other courses are offered in the self-contained, special education setting.
We have 9 teachers assigned to these diverse programs under the umbrella of SDC. Dependent upon the level of special need, students participate in the state assessments and have earned a Diploma approved through a waiver or Certificate of Completion upon graduation. Most of the Severely Handicapped students move on to the post-secondary education program offered in our district after earning the Certificate of Completion. We are proud of our special education department at Rio Mesa High. With a staff of highly qualified, hard-working, and caring people and a diversity of placement options, we are able to offer the best fit to serve the individual needs of all students with disabilities.
Our school focus is on research both informational and media literacy with an emphasis on academic honesty.
Dr. Alix Feinberg
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Specialists
Independent Living IEMS
Team Teacher for English 1
Team Teacher for English 2
Team Teacher for English 4 ERWC
Reading Basics IEMM
English 1 IEE
English 1 IEMM
ENglish 2 IEE
English 2 IEMM
Team Teacher Integrated Math 2
Foundations of Algebra IEE
Foundations of Algebra IEMM
CCR Math IEMM
Team Teacher for Health
Team Teacher biology of the Living Earth
Team Teacher Chemistry in the Earth System
Biology of the Living Earth IEE
Biology of the Living Earth IEMM
Chemistry in the Earth System IEMM
Earth and Space Science IEE
Earth and Space Science IEMM
Team Teacher Ethnic Studies
Team Teacher World History
EThnic Studies IEE
World History IEE
WOrld History IEMM
US History IEE
US History IEMM