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Exceptional Student Education

Welcome to the website for Exceptional Student Education (ESE).


Services are provided to students who have been found eligible for ESE programs including the following:

  • Specific Learning Disabled

  • Intellectually Disabled

  • Emotional Behavioral Disabled

  • Deaf or Hard of Hearing

  • Visually Impaired

  • Physically Handicapped

  • Speech Impaired

  • Language Impaired

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Gifted

Related services include educationally relevant Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.

The ESE program is funded from state, federal and local allocations. Policies, programs, and procedures are established in accordance with state and federal regulations and requirements.


Exceptional Student Education (ESE) services are provided at all schools. The majority of students receive their education at their neighborhood school. Although all Brevard Public Schools offer a continuum of services to support the needs of students requiring ESE services, some students who require the supports of a separate class setting may access a classroom that meets their individual needs in accordance with the feeder plan for their neighborhood school.


The latest Student Progression Plan for Exceptional Student Education is available on our site.

Upon graduation, each student should be able to follow post-graduation activities as written in their Transition Plan.

As a possible option for students who may choose Adult Education, classes have been established in three areas of the county for students with disabilities.  Additional classes are accessed through the Pathways to Learning program at the Adult Education Sites.



​The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) developed the draft state plan (PDF) after reviewing and considering the feedback we received in our initial public input window last summer and over the course of the last year. At the conclusion of this comment window, we will analyze the feedback and revise the draft state plan accordingly before providing to Governor Rick Scott, as required. Finally, by September 18, the deadline set by the federal government, we will submit the state plan to the U.S. Department of Education.

The format of the plan is the U.S. Department of Education state plan template, which is organized into nine sections. We have also drafted a waiver request document (PDF) that will be submitted with the plan to USED. It provides additional context to some of the narrative in the plan.

Florida's online survey for public comment is organized by the nine sections of the state plan. First you will enter your name, group represented, organization and county. You can select any or all of the sections and there is a comment box for each section. There is also a comment box for the waiver request document.

The nine sections of the state plan are:

  1. Title I, Part A:  Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Educational Agencies
  2. Title I, Part C:  Education of Migratory Children
  3. Title I, Part D:  Prevention and Intervention Programs for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk
  4. Title II, Part A:  Supporting Effective Instruction
  5. Title III, Part A:  English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement
  6. Title IV, Part A:  Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants
  7. Title IV, Part B:  21st Century Community Learning Centers
  8. Title V, Part B, Subpart 2:  Rural and Low-Income School Program
  9. Title VII, Subpart B of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

Each section of the survey includes a link to the corresponding section of Florida's draft state plan for your convenience. A link to the federal law on which the plan is based can be found at the end of the survey.

This public comment period will be open June 30-July 31, 2017. Thank you for your time and thoughtful input.


The 3rd Annual START Conference will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8:00 am-12:30 pm at Viera High School.  ​Information for persons with disabilities and anyone supporting persons with disabilities will be provided; breakout sessions will cover a wide range of topics from PreK through post-secondary.  Registration will open in early November 2017.


Unlocking Dyslexia National Public Radio (NPR) has launched a new series on dyslexia that started on November 28, 2016, called Unlocking Dyslexia. This is a five-part radio and blog post series that runs over a two-week span covering the issues and facets that surround dyslexia. To view the posts, go to NPR's site below at


New Online Tool to Empower and Inform Florida Families The Florida Department of Education announces a new website that will help Florida families make critical education decisions by enabling them to access school and district-level data. The website will also better inform families about the state's college-and career-ready standards and the quality of learning taking place in their students' classrooms. One of the website's primary functions is the school performance search tool, which enables parents to search by district, zip code and city, and then compare school and district data. In addition to performance data, the website provides information relevant to current and future students of all ages and includes easy to-find information about the Florida Standards, school and district performance results in core subjects; educator effectiveness; and graduation and postsecondary statistics. To view the website, go to