Special Education

The Torrance Unified Special Education Department offers a continuum of placements and services to eligible students from ages three to 22. The department offers preschool (ages 3-5) programming on specialized campuses/classrooms and in designated general education/state preschool sites. K-12 services are provided in the settings that address students’ unique needs in the least restrictive environment, utilizing a continuum of services from neighborhood school inclusion to residential placement.

Our adult students, ages 18-22, participate in transition programs that are also individualized. The Special Education Department is manned by a Director, three coordinators and six program specialists; supported by clerical staff. Coordinators and program specialists are assigned to schools regionally and programmatically. In addition to the Special Education Director, TUSD has a Director of Compliance who works closely with the Special Education department to ensure that processes and procedures are compliant with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, and legally sound.

To obtain information regarding the administrator or program specialist that can best help you with your particular question or situation; call the TUSD Special Education Department at 310 – 972 -6100.

Erin Lahr

Special Education Coordinator

Kumi Toyoda-Smart

Special Education Coordinator