Marion County has 8,788 exceptional students enrolled in its public schools. An exceptional student is one who has special learning needs. The special assistance received in school is called ESE, Exceptional Student Education, or Special Education. Our goal is to provide every exceptional student with a free appropriate public education (FAPE), help them progress in school, access general curriculum, and prepare for life after school.
The Marion County Public School System offers a continuum of services and programs to meet the individual needs of students requiring special education, ages 3 through 21. The degree to which services are provided is based individually on each child's Individual Educational Plan as set forth by a staffing committee. The continuum of services may be provided in a variety of settings, which include regular classrooms, resource rooms, hospital/homebound, separate day school, special class and non-public school (contractual).
Parents and students moving to Marion County from another Florida school district, or from out of state, should visit the Student Services Evaluation Team page for information regarding enrollment and registration.
Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in Exceptional Student Education (ESE).
How well is your school supporting your involvement in your child's education?"
Guidance & Testing - 671-6848
Home School - 671-6859
FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System) - 671-6051
United Way's First Call for Help (For information on the services in Marion County) - 732-4444