• Welcome to Exceptional Student Education (ESE)


    • Attention Parents

      The Florida Department of Education is conducting its annual survey for parents of students with disabilities who are receiving Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services. The survey provides valuable information on how well schools are supporting parents’ involvement in their child’s education. In an effort to increase parent participation, the State has provided paper surveys for all students who had individual educational plans (IEPs) and in attendance during October. Each envelope will contain a parent cover letter, a survey, and a postage-paid envelope. Within the next week or so, you should receive your survey. If your child was not in attendance during this time period, or transferred to another school, you may request a generic paper survey from your child’s Intervention Support Specialist, or complete the State’s online version of the survey.  If preferred, all parents of students with an IEP may choose to complete the online version of the survey at http://www.esesurvey.com. The survey is open February 1 – May 31st.  It is very important to us that your voice is heard!

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

      Brochures: English | Creole | Spanish

      Advisory Meeting Dates / Agendas:   March 22; and May 17 (Click on the date to access the meeting agenda, posted 2 days prior.)
      Time: 4-5:30 PM
      Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administration Center, Click here for directions.

      Meeting Minutes: September 22 , November 17  and January 26

      Person First Language Poster - click here

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    • Sharing the Commitment Conference-

      The Exceptional Education Department of Collier County Public Schools in collaboration with Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) and Lee County Public Schools invited parents and community partners to attend the Sharing the Commitment Conference on Nov.7, 2015. Learning opportunities were offered in the areas of Behavior, Transition, Technology, Pre-K, 504, Mental Health, IEP Information and more. Click here to access the conference vitual binder, and then enter the access code STC2015. 

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    • McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities
      A parent of an eligible student with a disability may choose to attend a participating private school, an adjacent  district public school, or transfer their student to another public school within Collier County Public Schools that provides the services identified in the student’s individual educational plan (IEP) or 504 accommodation plan. Effective July 28, 2015, the 
      Rule 6A-6.0970, F.A.C. was revised to remove McKay Scholarship school capacity restrictions for another public school choice within the district. 

      Parents may file intent to participate in the McKay Scholarship Program on the 
      www.floridaschoolchoice.org website. If selecting another public school choice within our school district, parents must then submit an application to the Office of Student Relations by clicking here.  If questions about the McKay Scholarship Program, parents may contact the Office  of Independent Education and Parental Choice at 1-800-447-1636, or the school district Department of Exceptional Education and Student Support Services at 1-239-377-0108. 

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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 more than 5,900 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.

    Our Assurances:

    • Assure that a free appropriate public education is available to all children with disabilities residing in the school district between the ages of 3-21, inclusive, including students with disabilities who have been suspended or expelled, and/or are being served in an alternative program.
    • Assure that all students with disabilities receive a full educational opportunity to show annual improvement in academic achievement and make progress toward closing the achievement gap.
    • Assure that, to the maximum extent appropriate, all students with disabilities are educated in settings with their non-disabled peers, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of students with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a students is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.
    • Assure that all children residing within our jurisdiction, including children with disabilities who are homeless or are wards of the state and children with disabilities attending private schools, regardless of the severity of their disabilities, and who are in need of special education and related services, are identified, located, and evaluated.
    • Assure that all personnel necessary to carry out IDEA, Part B are appropriately and adequately prepared and trained and align district professional development resources to support CCPS in meeting the goals of the three-year academic plan.
    • Assure that policies and procedures have been adopted which provide procedural safeguards for children with disabilities and their parents with respect to the provision of a free appropriate public education. 


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

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