• 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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  • Exceptional Student Education Parent Survey
    Each year, the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) conducts a survey designed to provide FDOE and the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), with information on how well Florida’s schools are partnering with parents and promoting parent involvement in their child's education. The survey is open to all parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) receiving ESE services from preschool age through grade 12 and is not intended for parents of students receiving only gifted services through an educational plan (EP).  The survey is available from February 1, through to May 31 of each year.  

    • ​The ESE Parent Surv​ey is now open!  Your feedback is important in helping the state and local school systems continue improving educational programs for children with special needs. Thank you! 
    • We would appreciate your feedback and you may complete an online survey at: https://www.esesurvey.com/Login.php
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  • New  2020-21 School Reopening Plan for Students with Disabilities FAQ

    Collier County Public Schools is deeply committed to continuing to serve our students with exceptional needs during changes to operations as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.  We remain steadfast in our dedication to provide quality supports and services to students in whichever educational option families choose to begin the 2020-21 school year.  The full continuum of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services will be provided to students with IEP’s who enroll in “brick and Mortar Schools,” or either eCollier Academy option.  This includes supports and services for students on modified curriculum and students in separate special class programs. 

    To assist parents in making a decision regarding the start of the 2020-21 school year, we have developed the following frequently asked questions guide.  If you have further questions, please contact the District ESE Department at 377-0153 (English) or 377-0108 (Spanish) or email ESE@collierschools.com

    The return-to-school date for school-based ESE Program Specialists is pending due to the change in the academic calendar made at the board meeting on 7-28-20. Please monitor this website as it will be updated when more information is made available.  Contact information can be found by clicking here.

    Mask Wearing Tips - English / Spanish / Creole


    To view the full District FAQ, 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 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 2020-2021:  
    September 23, November 18, January 20 (CANCELED), March 31 April 14, and May 19 - These meetings will be held virtually and an agenda and 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

    Click here to join meeting: Join meeting

    Join by phone 


    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
    Dr. Peggy Aune, Associate Superintendent
    Rick Duggan, Executive Director
    Emily Kafle, Director