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OUSD Diagnostic Center

Early Intervention for our Youngest Students in Oakland

The Diagnostic Center is a one-of-a-kind department in Oakland Unified. The experienced and specialized staff at the Diagnostic Center are ready to support your family if you are concerned about the development of your young child. See below for information on when and how you access the Diagnostic Center for your unique student. 


The Diagnostic Center Only Serves Oakland Residents

If you live in another city, please contact that district for an evaluation

Berkeley Unified School District 

Emeryville Unified School District

San Leandro Unified School District 


What is the Diagnostic Center in OUSD?

Our Purpose, Our Mission

What is the Special Education Assessment Process?

The Information You Need

Helpful People and Forms

Get A Helping Hand


Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening with my child's evaluation during COVID-19? 

The diagnostic center was closed for evaluations from March to September of 2020. While we are seeing a reduced number of students for in person assessment currently, our Diagnostic Center is still far behind. We thank you for your patience during this time.

What if my child's assessment was finished before schools were closed due to COVID-19? 

If all assessments are complete on your student, your IEP team will be in contact with you to set up a phone or video call to hold your IEP. It is your decision whether you would like to hold the IEP this way or wait until school is back in session.

My child has a medical diagnosis from their doctor...does that mean they automatically qualify for special education?

The short answer is no. There is a significant different between getting a diagnosis and being found eligible for special education. Only a school district can find a student eligible for school-based special education services. If you are interested in finding out more about this - read here. 

Can I schedule a school visit?

At this time, OUSD is in full distance learning and our classrooms are not open. When we reopen for in person learning, we offer tours to families with children who have been found eligible for a special education classroom placement through the IEP process. In the meantime, if your child is offered a placement at Burbank, you can observe our online classes via Zoom.