The Exceptional Student Education program was designed to service students with special learning needs. Their 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). For more information on ESE services please visit the departmental website.