Mills High School

Special Education

There are three distinct programs in the Special Education Department at Mills High School:  Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI), the HOPE and TDS Programs, and Applied Academic Instruction (AAC).  The San Mateo County Orthopedically Impaired Program is also housed at MHS. SMUHSD ensures that each student with an IEP is placed in their own least restrictive environment and receives services as appropriate, including Directed Studies, Speech & Language, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Adapted PE, and Mental Health support.


Students in the Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) Program are placed in mainstream courses, but may take English in a specialized classroom setting.  All students in the Specialized Academic Instruction Program receive a period of Directed Studies, which is a support class to help them access the mainstream curriculum.   Mills High School has implemented classes co-taught by a general education teacher and special education teacher, allowing further support for students.

Students in the HOPE and TDS programs are in a self-contained classroom, working on individualized general education curriculum, with mainstreaming as appropriate.  Students in the SAI and HOPE and TDS programs work towards a high school diploma.


Students in the Applied Academic Instruction (AAC) and County Orthopedically Impaired Program take all of their academic classes in a self-contained classroom; however, they may be mainstreamed for electives.  AAC and County students work towards a Certificate of Completion in lieu of a diploma. (Some exceptions may apply.)