Our Mission: To ensure that each student achieves his/her highest personal potential
Our Vision: To be a world-class school system

Welcome to Exceptional Student Education

The Department of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) is located in the Lee County Public Education Center, 2855 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida, 33966.

Through the Exceptional Student Education Department, the District offers a free and appropriate public education in compliance with the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA). A continuum of services and programs is available to meet the individual needs of students requiring special education, ages 3 through 21. Services and related services are provided per an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and are based on each child’s unique needs, as related to present levels of academic achievement and functional performance.

The continuum of services may be provided in a variety of settings, which include general classrooms, resource rooms, separate full-time or near full-time classrooms, specialized center schools, and hospital homebound. The IEP team, which includes parent input, determines the amount and frequency of special education services and regular education participation. Numerous service delivery models are available in Lee County, including general education, intensive reading, collaborative-teaching, communication disorders, and full-time center schools. Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Behavioral Support, Counseling and Special Transportation are also provided as needed. Special education services are provided for children and young adults with learning disabilities,developmental disabilities, emotional/behavioral disabilities, language or speech impairments, visual impairments, autism spectrum disorder, hearing impairment, other health impairment, and developmental delay.

The Exceptional Student Education Department (Special Education) coordinates the provision of programs with the District’s School Assignment Office. Special education services are provided in all of the three attendance zones – East, West and South. With the exception of very specialized low-incidence programs, students will attend a school within the geographical school attendance zone of residence. Parents and students who are moving to Lee County from another district in Florida, or from out of state, should contact the School Assignment Office for information regarding enrollment and special education services within each of the district’s school attendance zones.

Meet Our Parents As Mentors

This group of parents represents a diverse population ranging from pre-k thru high school children who receive support from Exceptional Student Education. Meetings are held at the Lee County Public Education Center. We meet a minimum of quarterly to address training needs, network and volunteer to assist other parents (parent to parent). It's a Great Day in Lee County!


The Department of Exceptional Student Education would like to THANK the many business sponsors who support our department. We appreciate the business donations and heightened awareness of working together for the betterment of all citizens!

  • Beach Pier Side Grill
  • Broadway Palm Dinner Theater
  • The Butterfly Estates
  • Florida Reparatory Theater
  • Jason’s Deli
  • Lazy Flamingo
  • Matanzas Inn
  • Mel’s Diner
  • The Jacaranda
  • Naples Zoo
  • Publix
  • Perkins
  • Rib City Grill

Thank you for your generosity!
Sincerely, The Sunshine Committee

Additionally, the department wishes to offer THANKS to Hodges University who continues to provide us with a meeting location for our staff meetings. They are most gracious hosts and we are quite appreciative of that!

The Florida Department of Education is conducting a parent survey which can be accessed at the following link: www.ESEsurvey.com. There are 2 surveys; one for parents of Pre K children and one for students in grades K-12. Both English and Spanish are provided. If you do not have access to a computer, call your school to make arrangements to use one of their computers or call FDLRS at 337-8127. Your input is important!

Developing Quality Individual Educational Plans: A Guide for Instructional Personnel & Families
BRIC Website: http://www.fldoe.org/ese/clerhome.asp
Email: BRIC@fldoe.org
Telephone: (850) 245-0477
Fax: (850) 245-0987

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FDLRS Island Coast Mission Statement

FDLRS Island Coast will show respect towards teachers, families, children and other community agencies while working to improve student learning and support state and district initiatives.

Parent Services

FDLRS provides information and training, in order to promote effective parent participtaion in the education of children who have unique needs. FDLRS Island Coast Parent Services Department is here for you! We strive to serve the families and schools involved in the education of every child. We are available to support in a variety of ways.

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My Autism Connection, Inc.
Sandra Worth, Executive Director (239) 201-8133
(Family Resource)

Lee County Exceptional Student Education 2013-2014
Links to Community Support/ Resources

 The Multiagency Network for Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

Project Transition: Lee County

Advisory Committee for Exceptional Student Education

The School District of Lee County has an Advisory Committee for Exceptional Student Education (ESE). It is comprised of a cross representation of parents, teachers, community stakeholders, The Superintendant, and The Director of Exceptional Student Education. The committee meets approximately five times per year. All meetings are open to the public and advertised in the News Press.

Meetings address district and state issues. They are not a forum to discuss individual situations or concerns. The Advisory Committee for ESE operates collaboratively in order to gain and share information. If you are interested in becoming a member of the committee, please complete the online application and send it to: Donnald@leeschools.net or call Donna Djerf at (239) 337-8621 for more information.

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