• Welcome to Exceptional Student Education (ESE)


    • Free Workshop for Parents, Grandparents and Caregivers

      of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities


      Wednesday, June 1, 2016

      4:00 – 5:00 PM

      Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Administrative Center


      Thursday, June 2, 2016

      4:00 – 5:00 PM

      Immokalee High School


      Join us and learn more about Environmental Safety Precautions from Sergeant Dan McDonald with the Collier County Sheriff’s Office - Click here for more information - English - Spanish - Creole

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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 option of the McKay Scholarship Program by going to the Collier County Public Schools website http://www.collierschools.com/collier.  To apply, click on the “Parent” button located on the quick navigation bar on the top of the screen, then click on the “Out-of-Zone, School Choice & McKay” button in the middle of the page.  Your application for the McKay another public school choice will be considered and you will be notified of your child’s approval/disapproval.  If approved, transportation is not provided.

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    • Parent Survey

      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. The code on the bottom of the paper survey is the State’s code that ties the survey to that student’s school.  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 at www.esesurvey.com. A code is not required to take the online survey. 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 for 2016-2017:  September 27; November 29; January 24; March 28; May 23. (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 ,  January 26  , March 22 and May 17. 

      Person First Language Poster - click here

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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