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Special Education Department 


As a single district Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), the Kern High School District is responsible for ensuring high quality special education programs and services at our 18 comprehensive high schools and numerous special education centers to promote the educational success of students with disabilities. We are committed to excellence and believe that all students can learn and become responsible members of our community.


We are excited this year with the services and programs that are available to our students, parents/guardians, teachers, support staff and the community.


KHSD Find My School Link: By clinking on the link below you will be able to find your students school of attendance.


ABLE Graduation: The KHSD Special Education Department would like to congratulate the ABLE Class of 2018!!! 


RCC Mock Interview Day: On Wednesday, May 23, 2018 RCC held its annual Mock Interview Day. Representatives from BC WorkAbility, Department of Rehab. and KHSD Job Developers helped conduct the interviews.


Classified School Employee Week (May 21st-May27th): Kern High School District Special Education Department would like to take this time and THANK all of the classified staff for all of their contributions. KHSD Classified Staff truly make a difference in the lives of students.


KHSD Softball Tournament: On Wednesday, May 17, 2018 & Thursday, May 18, 2018 students and staff participated in the Annual Softball Tournament held at Northwest Baseball Complex. This years winner was the Shafter High School Generals.


RCC Community Advisory Committee Luncheon: On Wednesday, May 17, 2018 RCC held their annual Community Advisory Committee Luncheon. RCC staff had an opportunity to thank the Community Business Partners that provide RCC students the opportunity to gain valuable job skills.


Community Advisory Committee Luncheon: The Kern High School District Special Education CAC (Community Advisory Committee) on Thursday, May 10, 2018 held a Recognition Luncheon to honor one administrator, one teacher and one support provider who has had an impact on their child and their school community. Nominees came from the CAC members, and then were decided on by a sub-committee. This year the winners were:


  • Lori Toia, Site Administrator for the AIM Center: Lori was chosen because of her advocacy for all of her students, and because she takes time to reach out to parents.
  • Bruce Hubbel, Social Studies Teacher at North High School: Bruce was selected because of the feel of community that he creates at North High, primarily (but not only) through the Game Club that he advises at that campus.
  • Tammy Boen-Padilla, School Mental Health Clinician at Frontier High School: Tammy was selected because of her kindness, talent and persistence in working with some of our most challenging students.


California Special Education Legislative Sharing Day: On Wednesday, May 2, 2018 KHSD Special Education Administrators participated in the California Special Education Legislative Sharing Day that was held at the State Capital in Sacramento, Ca.


Centennial High School Track Meet: On Thursday, April 12, 2018 students and staff participated in a variety of Track & Field Events at Centennial High School.


Incoming 9th Grade Special Education Parent Information Night: On Thursday, March 15, 2018 and Tuesday, March 20, 2018 the Kern High School District Office of Special Education held informal meetings to discuss incoming 9th Grade Special Education Students for the 2018-19 school year. Both nights gave parents/guardians the opportunity to ask Special Education Department Administrators questions regarding IEPs, services, programs and transition.


Job Quest 2018 & Job Fest 2018: On Tuesday, March 13, 2018 students and staff participated in Job Quest 2018 that was held at Next Step Vocational Services. Students that participated in Job Quest learned how to fill out a Master Application, tips on how to succeed, interview questions, how to make a great first impression and how to follow-up with employers after applying for a job. On Wednesday, March 14, 2018 students and staff participated in Job Fest 2018 that was held at Rabobank Convention Center. Students that participated in Job Fest had the opportunity to talk with and apply with employers who were hiring.


West High School Transition Fair: On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 West High School held their 1st Annual Transition Fair. Students were treated to a presentation by Department of Rehabilitation and then had the opportunity to visit a variety of Communty Agency Booths in the gym.


Take a Kid Fishing Outing: On Tuesday, March 6, 2018 the Kern Kiwanis Club and their group of volunteers hosted the annual Take a Kid Fishing Outing at Hart Park. Students and staff were able to enjoy a day of fish and socializing with others participating in the event.


Dr. Seuss Classroom Door & Window Decorating: In honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday on Friday, March 2, 2018 students and staff decorated their classroom doors and windows with their favorite Dr. Seuss characters and quotes. "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you." Dr. Seuss


CHP Visits the ABLE Program: On Wednesday, February 28, 2018 ABLE students and staff enjoyed a visit from the California Highway Patrol. Students were able to visit the officer's vehicle up close and was able to ask questions about the job of a CHP Officer.


HIRE Job Club: Approximately 40 students from RCC & SCC attended the HIRE Job Club Meeting hosted by University of La Verne on Friday, February 23, 2018. The featured employer speakers were from Califia Farms, IN-N-OUT Burger and Denny's. Students learned about the employer's hiring practices, how they can apply for a job, how to get an interview and how to make a great first impression.


Department of Rehabilitation (Bakersfield Branch): Representatives from the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) Bakersfield Branch paid a visit to the Ruggenberg Career Center and gave a presentation on services and supports they provide to students. Students were given DOR Brochures. For more information regarding Department of Rehabilitation services visit



HIRE Committee: Local Agencies along with KHSD Special Education staff held their monthly meeting at Ruggenberg Career Center. HIRE stands for Helping Incorporate Reliable Employees. The mission of the committee is to connect people with disabilities to employers.


Lozano Smith Staff Training: Attorney Amanda Ruiz over a two day period presented on IEP's, Goal Writing and Transition Planning to Special Education Staff.


CAPTAIN: CAPTAIN is a multiagency network developed to support the understanding and use of Evidence Based Practices for individuals affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder across the state The KHSD CAPTAIN Leadership Team will be providing staff development opportunities to teachers and support staff throughout the year. For additional information on CAPTAIN click here


2017 Transition Fair: The Transition Fair held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the Kern Agriculture Pavilion provided families an opportunity to connect with a variety of agencies within the community all under one roof. The fair also gave participating agency representatives an opportunity to connect with each other. Big Thank-You to all of the students, families, staff, community members and agencies that supported the Transition Fair.


The HIRE Luncheon: This years HIRE Luncheon hosted by Mayor Karen Goh at Hodel's honors employers, employees, and individuals who have championed the cause of equal opportunity and independence for people with disabilities in Kern County. Students from the Ruggenberg Career Center helped with the luncheon.


Surrogate Parent: Our department is looking for community members who would be interested in serving as a Surrogate Parent. A Surrogate Parent is a person who is appointed to act in the interests of a student with a disability when that students parent/guardin is unable to make educational decisions. The Surrogate Parent is apart of the students Individualized Education Plan (IEP)Team and works with the school to plan the students Special Education services. If you are interested in becoming a Surrogate Parent please contact Gayle Rock at (661) 827-4529 or by email at


Community Advisory Committee (CAC): During the 2017-2018 school year, the committee will hold multiple meetings. The Community Advisory Committee answers questions and addresses concerns related to the needs of our students. Click here to visit the Community Advisory web page.


New Teacher Trainings: All first and second year teachers are provided with instruction related to Special Education and the Kern High School District. Topics include case management, writing IEPs, understanding assessments and their relationship to student needs, developing transition plans that will best serve our student population, behavior intervention, and TETRIS training which connects student behavior to mental health issues.


Professional Assault Crisis Training (ProACT): Throughout the year, Special Education certificated and classified staff participate in Pro-ACT Training. The purpose of the training is to help staff critically assess a crisis situation and determine the safest response.



Special Education District Office

5801 Sundale Ave.

Bakersfield, CA 93309

Phone: (661) 827-4529

Fax: (661) 827-3303