• Welcome to Exceptional Student Education (ESE)


    • Sharing the Commitment Conference
      Annual Conference for Parents of Students with Disabilities 

      Informational Flyer - English | Spanish | Creole

      Date:  November 5, 2016 
      Time: 7:45 AM – 1:30 PM

      Location:  Gulf Coast High School, Naples 

      Registration is now open! click here

      If you are a Community Business Leader, we invite you to the Keynote speaker and the VIP Meet & Greet- click here

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    • 2016 Collier LEA Profile

      Collier’s LEA profiles for 2016 has been posted to the Florida Department of Education website and can be found at http://www.fldoe.org/academics/exceptional-student-edu/data or on our ESE Parent Services & Resources page (2016 Collier LEA Profile).

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    • Disability History and Awareness Weeks!

      The first two weeks of October are designated as Disability History and Awareness Weeks to promote providing instruction for students in all public schools to expand student knowledge, understanding, and awareness of individuals with disabilities, disability history, and the disability rights movement. For more information please visit http://www.fldoe.org/academics/exceptional-student-edu/parent-info/disability-history-awareness.stml

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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' Student Relations School Choice website - 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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    • Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Advisory: Sharing the Commitment

      Brochures: English | Creole | Spanish

      Advisory Meeting Dates / Agendas for 2016-2017:  September 27; November 15; January 24; March 28; May 23. (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, 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
    Luis Solano, Associate Superintendent
    Dr. Peggy Aune, Assistant Superintendent
    Karen J. Stelmacki, Executive Director
    Dr. Sheryl Alvies, Director