2855 Colonial Blvd • Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: 239.334.1102 • TTD/TTY: 239.335.1512
Our Vision: To be a world-class school system
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
The IEP team, which includes parent input,
determines the amount and frequency of special
education services and regular education
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
Special education services are provided for
children and young adults with learning
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.
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.