Special Programs & Services (DSPS)

The Department of Special Programs and Services (DSPS) at Orange Lutheran High School is designed to provide personalized support and meet the needs of learners with identified academic needs, diagnosed disabilities, and specialized medical needs.

DSPS Admissions Process

The DSPS Admissions Process includes the submission of the following:
  • Completed Orange Lutheran High School application
  • Current psycho-educational assessment (dated within three years) administered by an educational or school psychologist
  • Current IEP or 504 Plan
  • Documentation of current educational accommodations
  • Interview with the Director of DSPS
Students are admitted to the Department of Special Programs and Services at Orange Lutheran by the approval of the Director of DSPS based on the interview, placement testing, and documentation received.

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Program Levels

Academic assistance is based on educational/psychological assessments and their resulting recommendations, as well as previous educational information, placement exams, and information provided by teachers, parents, and the student. These evaluations must be current, within three years, and are required for initial and continued enrollment in the DSPS Program.
The Department of Special Programs and Services (DSPS) is divided into two levels of academic support:
Level One - Foundational Support*
Limited personalized instructional accommodations within the general education classroom environments. Allows for extended time on tests/exams.

Level Two - Comprehensive Support*
A specialized learning environment featuring a reduced teacher-student ratio and personalized instructional accommodations. Classes include Comprehensive Support Lab, DSPS English, and DSPS Social Studies. Enrollment is limited.

Medical Accommodation Plan (M.A.P.) - A M.A.P. is based on the identification of a medical condition by a certified physician, where the condition obstructs the student's performance in the classroom and as a result, he or she is unable to work to his or her full potential unless accommodations are provided.
*A student with a M.A.P. may qualify for either Level One or Level Two support depending on the student’s additional needs.

There are additional fees for these services.


COMPREHENSIVE SUPPORT LAB  (one half-unit per semester) 
Grades 9-12, offered on campus only

The Comprehensive Support Lab classes provide year-long educational support for students with identified academic needs, diagnosed disabilities, and specialized medical needs within the regular course curriculum. Lab classes are designed to help students develop executive functioning skills, manage their assignments, track grades and academic progress, organize lengthy assignments, optimize extended time allowed on tests, and benefit from additional teacher support with homework. This class included in Level Two support.

ENGLISH & SOCIAL STUDIES - DSPS Comprehensive Support

These classes are designed to meet the specific needs of students with identified academic needs, diagnosed disabilities, and specialized medical needs and satisfy the Orange Lutheran graduation requirements. These courses correlate directly with the curriculum used in the general education classroom while utilizing accommodations that are appropriate for students enrolled in the DSPS program. More information on these courses is found in either the English Department or the Social Studies Department. This class is included in Level Two support.

PREREQUISITE: A current Educational/Psychological assessment and approval of the Director of DSPS. Concurrently enrolled in Comprehensive Support Lab.

Reasonable Accommodations

We will provide reasonable accommodations for each student based on each person's individual testing documentation.

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2222 N. Santiago Blvd.
Orange, CA 92867
(714) 998-5151

Who We Are

Founded in 1973, Orange Lutheran High School is a comprehensive private Christian co-educational college preparatory high school, grades 9-12, that exists to help students internalize the gospel message of salvation in Christ Jesus. The culture and climate of Orange Lutheran are based on caring relationships that strengthen our community as a Lancer Family. High standards of excellence coupled with a warm, energetic atmosphere create a safe, nurturing environment where students can thrive, as they discover and develop their unique gifts, talents, and passions.