• Welcome to Exceptional Student Education (ESE)


  • Webinar Series for Parents

    The Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) is sponsoring a five-part webinar series for parents/guardians to explore the world of Exceptional Student Education. Each webinar will take place on Fridays from 10 – 11 AM EST.  Registration is open at https://goo.gl/QwSZdj.  
    For more information - click here.

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  • McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
    Florida's school choice programs allow parents to choose the best educational setting—public or private—for their child. The McKay Scholarship Program also offers parents public school choice. A parent of an eligible special needs student may choose to transfer the student to another public school.

    How to file an Intent to Participate in the McKay Scholarship Program?Parents may file intent to participate in the McKay Scholarship Program on the www.floridaschoolchoice.org website by clicking on the McKay Scholarships link and then the link titled "Apply for a McKay Scholarship" located on the quick navigation bar on the left-hand side of the screen. If additional assistance is needed, parents may contact the Office of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636. The state will notify you if your child is eligible for the McKay Scholarship Program.

    What is a parent’s obligation for transferring a student to another public school under the public school option of the McKay Scholarship Program?

    After applying for a McKay Scholarship at www.floridaschoolchoice.org website, parents may file intent to participate in another public school under the public school choice option of the McKay Scholarship Program by going to the CCPS Parental Choice website - www.collierschools.com/parentalchoice.

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  • Graduation Rates of Students with Disabilitites
    Collier Students with Disabilities Among the Highest Graduation Rates in the State of Florida - click here for more information. 

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  • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Advisory: Sharing the Commitment

    Advisory Meeting Dates for 2017-2018: September 26, November 28, January 23, March 27, and May 29 
    (Click on the date to access the meeting agenda, posted 2 days prior.  Within 10 calendar days following the meeting, click on the date to access the meeting minutes)

    Time: 4-5:30 PM
    Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Center, Room 1-103,  Click here for directions. 

    Person First Language Poster - click here

    For more information visit our Sharing the Commitment Parent Involvement page. 

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Exceptional Student Education (ESE):

  • We hope this information is helpful and informative and will familiarize you with the services and procedures of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in the Collier County Public Schools. Collier County has over 5,700 students with disabilities. If you do not find the information that you are looking for, please contact us at 239-377-0108.

    Our Vision: 
    To provide services that meet the unique cognitive, social, and emotional needs of students with disabilities, preparing them to succeed in a global society.

    Our Mission: 
    To provide a collaborative, child centered team consisting of Collier County Public School staff members, families, agencies, and other support professionals to lead our students to success.


    Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent
    Dr. Peggy Aune, Associate Superintendent
    Karen J. Stelmacki, Executive Director
    Dr. Sheryl Alvies, Director