• Welcome to Exceptional Student Education (ESE)


  • ESE Expo
    To access information from the 2021 Virtual ESE Expo, please visit: www.collierschools.com/eseexpo

    ESE Expo

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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 Disabilities
    Collier Students with Disabilities Among the Highest Graduation Rates in the State of Florida  - For more information about the 2018-19 graduation rates, click HERE


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

    Advisory Meeting Dates for 2021-2022:  
    September 22- Meeting Minutes (Virtual - see WebEx link below) 
    November 18 - December 9(Osceola Elementary)
    January 19 (Osceola Elementary and Virtual)
    March 30 (Martin Luther King Jr Center - Room 1-103)
    May 18 (Martin Luther King Jr Center - Room 1-103)

    These meetings will be held in person and virtually on each date. An agenda and a link to join will be added to the website 3 days prior to each meeting.
    (Click on the date to access the meeting agenda, posted 3 days prior.  Within 10 calendar days following the meeting, click on the date to access the meeting minutes)

    Time: 4-5:30 PM

    Join virtually by using the link below. 

                   Join meeting



    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):

  • The mission of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department is to ensure that students with disabilities and those who are gifted receive appropriate educational services leading to increased student achievement and successful post school outcomes.

    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 6,000 students with disabilities. If you do not find the information that you are looking for, please contact us at 239-377-0108.

    Dr. Kamela Patton, Superintendent

    Rick Duggan, Executive Director

    Emily Kafle, Director