Support Services


Richland is proud to partner with Educational Enrichment Systems to offer high-quality preschool and prekindergarten educational experiences for children ages 3 to 5. EES programs use a research-based curriculum to help children develop the social, emotional and academic skills to help them succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Students work on developing the language, math and cognitive skills that will prepare them well for an academic setting. They also refine social skills, such as cooperation, sharing and conflict resolution, that will help them feel confident as they move into the kindergarten environment.

EES teachers and directors are experienced, nurturing educators who are dedicated to growth of every child. If you would like to visit our preschool or get more information about our preschool programs, please call 760-290-2416. You can also visit our website.

Before School and After School Learning

Before and after school remediation classes are offered for students who are having difficulty with grade level curriculum. During these remediation classes, teachers work with students on specific grade-level reading and math skills. Enrollment in these classes is based on teacher referral. Your child's teacher will contact you about these support services if s/he believes they would be of benefit to your child.

Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.)

Richland's GATE program is designed to assist in meeting the unique needs of students who demonstrate outstanding aptitude or competence in one or more of the following categories: intellectual, creative, academic, leadership, high achievement, and performing and visual arts. The program begins in third grade with a multiple criteria identification process. Students are screened based on teachers' and/or parents' recommendations. GATE students are clustered in specific classrooms in order to provide instruction that differentiates the core curriculum and provides them with advanced learning opportunities. Students are also invited to participate in enrichment opportunities throughout the school year.

Student Study Team (SST)

Students experiencing academic, language, behavioral, or emotional difficulties can be referred by a teacher, parent, or administrator to the Student Study Team (SST). The SST includes parents, classroom teacher, psychologist, speech therapist, administrator, education specialist and intervention specialist. The purpose of the SST team is to review the needs of the child and develop a plan for success.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Children's mental health, which includes the ability to work cooperatively with others and to regulate their emotions and behavior, is vital to their success in school. Richland's At-Risk Specialist works with groups of students to address their social and emotional needs and to support San Marcos Unified School District's mission to ensure each student acquires the necessary habits of mind, and the behavior and attitudes essential for future success.

Speech Therapy

Students are referred for screening and/or training by teachers or parents. Parents are welcome to contact the school regarding assistance in this important area.

Specialized Academic Instruction

Children who have been identified as having a disability which impacts learning and who require special education to make progress receive Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI). Working together, parents, teachers, and other appropriate personnel develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) to target each child's identified needs.

Intervention Programs

Richland's Intervention Specialist works with teachers and administration to analyze students' academic achievement data and identify and provide supports for children in general education classes. Interventions are flexible, based on need, and students' progress is monitored and communicated to parents.

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