Exceptional Student Education


    Please take a moment to participate in our ESE Parent Survey. Link below:

    ESE Parent Survey


    After reviewing CDC and Health Department guidelines and conferring with other districts, our administration has weighed all factors regarding the current health emergency. 

    This information has led to the conclusion that the health and safety of students cannot be guaranteed on school campuses at this time. 

    Based on these factors, school buildings will not be open for student instruction during the summer months. 

    Teachers recommended and planned accordingly for ESY services at school sites.  For students who have ESY services on their active IEPs, teams will reach out to collaborate with parents regarding remote learning options. 



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    Our Mission

    It is the mission of the Exceptional Student Education Department to ensure that schools provide opportunities and programs that encourage students to develop academic and social skills commensurate with their abilities. The commitment of the ESE Department is to assist all school personnel in the appropriate identification, placement, and programming for exceptional students. It is recognized that parent training, community awareness, and services to families are essential to student success. This website is designed to give you an overview of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department of the Leon County School District in Tallahassee, Florida, and the many services available to students that qualify for ESE programs. If you are new to Leon County, information is included that will facilitate your child's entrance into our district and, if applicable, into an appropriate exceptional program. A brief description of each exceptional program and its eligibility requirements are provided as well as other valuable information regarding your child's Individual Education Plan (IEP).


    The Exceptional Student Education Department is committed to giving exceptional students the means of achieving their annual goals as specified on each student's Individual Education Plan while educating them in the least restrictive environment.


    If you have any questions please contact the counselor at your child's school, the ESE Program Specialist assigned to your child's school (listed in ESE District Staff to the left), or the Exceptional Student Education office at 850-487-7158.


    Please click on link for the FLDOE Tuition Support Program for SLP, ASD, PreK, and Para-to-Teacher

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  • Telephone: (850) 487-7160
    Fax: (850) 487-7823
    Address: 3955 W. Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304


    Cathy Shields, Director II
    Compliance and Operations
    Districtwide Programs
    Brooke Brunner, Director II
    Early Childhood Programs
    K-12 ESE Curriculum
    Melissa Barton, Coordinator
    Jenny Duggar, Coordinator
    Districtwide Programs
    Jenni Jenkins, Coordinator
    Behavior Sevices
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