Special Education

The Coronado Unified School District is committed to the success of all of our students.  A collaborative effort is required between parents, support staff, and educators in order to facilitate the independence and success of each student. 

CUSD’s Special Education Department offers a continuum of services to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities. We promote inclusion by providing these services in the least restrictive environment (LRE), which means to the greatest extent possible, appropriate services are provided in the general education environment.  

New CUSD Students with an active IEP

For students with an active IEP (ages 3-22) enrolling in the Coronado Unified School District for the first time, please contact the school site. Prior to enrollment, you will need to provide a copy of your student's current IEP and assessment information to the school psychologist on that campus. 

Adam.Sayre@coronadousd.net (Silver Strand Elementary School and Coronado Middle School)
SVargas@coronadousd.net (Crown Preschool and Village Elementary School)
Denise.Garibay@coronadousd.net (Coronado High School and Adult Transition) 

If you have additional questions that cannot be answered by the school site or our school psychologists, please contact our Student Services Department, via an email or call to Megan.Adams@coronadousd.net. 

Parent and Program Resources


Community Resource Guide

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Procedural Safeguards

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Special Education Acronyms

Special Education Definitions 

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Special Education Handbook

Special Education Handbook Appendix

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Transition Education and Workability Program


South County SELPA 

Community Advisory Committee (CAC) 

South County SELPA's Local Plan 

best buddies icon Coronado Middle School has a Chapter of the internation group "Best Buddies." Check out their Spread the Word video, created by Abby Fabiszak and supported by KCMS radio station: https://vimeo.com/157475054

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Find out more information about the organization by clicking HERE.

Visit them on Facebook too - click HERE! 

Miracle League IconThe Miracle League of San Diego provides children with special needs the opportunity to play baseball in an organized league. Each buddy is paired with a player and, provides encouragement, friendship and assistance throughout the season.

Fall games are played every Saturday, from September through November, at Coronado Green Field. If you are interested in more information, please contact Jennifer Hughes at Jennifer@miracleleagueofsandiego.org or visit www.miracleleagueofsandiego.org. Please come out and support the teams!


Niamh Foley
Student Services
(619) 522-8900 x1032


 Megan Adams
 Administrative Assistant
 Student Services
 (619) 522-8900 x1032

Katie Leontieff
Program Specialist
(619) 522-8900 ex. 1032


Alison Keehan
Program Specialist
(619) 522-8900 ex. 1032

Denise Garibay
Coronado High School 
School Psychologist
(619) 522-8907 x 1035

Adam Sayre
Silver Strand/
Coronado Middle School
School Psychologist
(619) 522-8921 x3084 

Sherry Vargas
Village Elementary School
School Psychologist
(619) 522-8915 ex. 5094


Special Education Questions?

For answers to specific questions related to special education programs, parents are encouraged to contact their school administration or the Student Services office at (619) 522-8900 ex 1032.