Information found below are the necessary steps in obtaining a referral for a preschool assessment for your child who is between the ages of 3-5 years within the Newport Mesa Unified School District:
1. The parent/guardian or Regional Center of Orange County (RCOC) initiates the referral for a special education assessment by placing their concerns in writing and submitting a letter to the Harper Assessment Center.
2. The parent/guardian follows the District procedures for Address Verification. Address Verification Office is located at the
BESST Center - Administration Building (Adult School)
2045 Meyer Place
Costa Mesa, CA
Public Service Hours: Monday - Friday 7:30-11:30 am
Documents required at the time of verifying the residency address are outlined here: Address Verification
3. The parent/guardian brings the Assessment Center the Address Verification Ticket, verification of child's date of birth (Birth Certificate) and verification of immunization records.
4. Your child is scheduled for a developmental screening or intake.
5. If assessment is determined necessary, the parent/guardian is provided with an initial referral packet, which includes educational, behavioral, developmental and medical questionnaires. Parents will complete on-line registration through the District Website. Follow the link here: Pre-Enrollment Registration. If you require computer access for registration, computers are available at the Assessment Center or BESST Center.
6. All forms are to be completed in full and returned to the Harper Assessment Center along with a copy of the completed registration.
7. Upon receipt of completed developmental questionnaires and registration, Harper Assessment Center will develop an assessment plan within 15 days. The assessment plan will indicate the areas that the District is proposing for evaluation for your son/daughter and who will be completing the evaluation.
8. The parent/guardian will review the proposed assessment plan and indicate consent for the assessment by signing the consent section of the document and returning this form to the Harper Assessment Center. Upon receipt of written consent for the assessments, the District has 60 days to complete all the assessments and hold an Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting with you to discuss eligibility. The 60 day timeline is a federal and state regulation, and this timeline does stop when school is not in session for more than five days (Winter Break and Summer Recess).
9. During the assessment process, evaluations and observations will be scheduled with you and your child so the specialists can obtain sufficient information for determining your child's present levels of functioning and eligibility for special education services.
The Harper Preschool Assessment Center is dedicated to providing a comprehensive assessment for preschool children. Our goal is to identify unique individual needs and determine each child's eligibility for special education services under the California Education Code and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2004. We are committed to working collaboratively with you so your child can reach his/her highest potential. We look forward to meeting you and your child.