Exceptional Student Education

  • Marion County has approximately 7,000 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 Exceptional Student Education, or ESE. Our goal is to provide every exceptional student with a free appropriate public education (FAPE), help them progress in school, access the general curriculum, and prepare them 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).

    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?

    • What? The Florida Department of Education is conducting a survey designed to provide the state with information on how well schools are supporting parents' involvement in their child's education. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), states must report this information to the federal government on an annual basis.
    • When? Between February and May of each school year.  
    • Who? All parents of children with IEP's in preschool to 12th grade
    • How? Go online to www.ESEsurvey.com to complete the survey Results. Survey results are reported to the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, as part of Florida's Annual Performance Report and are posted on the Florida Department of Education's Web site at www.fldoe.org/ese. No names will be released in any report. All responses are confidential.
    • What can you do? The responses to the survey provide important information for planning and monitoring improvement activities. This survey, conducted only once a year, provides parents with a unique opportunity to be heard.

    Guidance & Testing - 352 671-6848

    Home School - 352 671-6859

    FDLRS (Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System) - 352 671-6051

    Toll-Free: (800)533-0326

    United Way's First Call for Help (For information on the services in Marion County) - 352 732-4444


    Voice 352-671-6832

    FAX 352-671-6833

    FRS 800-955-8770

    TTY 800-955-8771