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Allen, Douglas
Teacher
Bragg, Kelly
Teacher
Chivington, Sheri
Teacher
Evans-Chavers, Mona
Teacher
Griffin, Sandra
ESE OJT Coordinator
Horn, Rebecca
Teacher
Litton, Stacye
Teacher
Surratt, Joseph
Teacher
Wilkerson, Sydney
Dept. Chair - ESE

ESE

The mission of the Exceptional Student Education is to provide programs and services that meet the unique cognitive, social and emotional needs of exceptional students preparing to succeed in society.

* A student MUST be tested and qualify for ESE services.

Exceptional education classes meet the special needs of students. The Individual Educational Plan (IEP) determines the method by which these needs are met. The following are classifications and services of Exceptional Student Education:

  • Dual Sensory Impaired (Deaf/Blind): A continuum of services is available based upon functioning level and need for specialized services.
    Educable Mentally Handicapped: Classes are available at all high schools.
    Emotionally Handicapped: Services are available either on a part-time or full-time basis.
    Gifted: Classes are available to eligible students. Eligibility criteria include a score two standard deviations above the mean on a standard test of intelligence and a majority of characteristics on a gifted checklist. Call schools for a list of courses offered at each site.
    Hearing Impaired: Audiological services are available to students at no cost. Students whose communication preference requires an interpreter are served at specific school sites as determined by the IEP committee.
    Hospital/Homebound: This program is for students who are unable to attend school for three weeks or more because of medical problems. The medical diagnosis must be verified by a physician.
    Occupational and Physical Therapy: These educationally relevant services are available to all eligible students. Options vary from consultation with the basic education teacher to direct services.
    Profoundly Handicapped (SED, PMH, Autistic): Programs are provided for eligible students at appropriate facilities.
    Speech and Language Impaired: Program is available in all high schools.
    Specific Learning Disability: SLD classes are provided at all high schools. This service may be consultative, part time, or full-time.
    Trainable Mentally Handicapped: Programs are provided for eligible students at specific school sites as determined by the IEP committee.
    Visually Impaired: Students are served by itinerant teachers for vision services. Academic needs may be addressed through regular education or varying exceptionality classes.
    Physically Impaired: Students are served at all high schools. Students requiring extensive physical care or direct OT/PT are served at specific school sites as determined by the IEP committee.

Diploma Options

Exceptional education students earn a standard diploma for students with disabilities (Access Points).  Students working toward a standard diploma must take the required courses for graduation in regular education with or without course accommodations. Course accommodations include (1) flexible instructional time; (2) varied instructional strategies; (3) special communications systems; and (4) modified evaluation procedures, which may include flexible scheduling, flexible setting, recording of answers, mechanical aids, tactile reading, or auditory/sign language presentation. Students may also enroll in ESE classes as electives. Students working toward an ESE diploma must earn a minimum of 24 credits for graduation. Credits may be earned in regular education, applied technology, or exceptional student education.

Courses

ACADEMICS - SUBJECT AREAS: GRADES 9-12
Credit: Multiple

Major Concepts/Content: The purpose of these courses is to provide instruction in knowledge and skills to enable students with disabilities to function at their highest levels and prepare to participate effectively in postschool adult living and the world of work.

Reading: 9-12
Life Skills reading: 9-12
Science: 9-12
Career Education: 9-12
English: 9-12
Math: 9-12
Health and Safety: 9-12
Life Management and Training: 9-12
Life Skills Communication: 9-12
Life skills Math: 9-12
Social Studies: 9-12
 


SUPPORTED LEVELS: 9-12

Major Concepts/Content: The purpose of these courses is to provide instruction in academic concepts and skills to enable students with disabilities to function at their highest levels and participate effectively in the community. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of academic skills as they relate to daily living tasks of personal life and the workplace.

Academic Skills for Functional Living
Communication Skills for Functional Living
Personal and Home Skills for Functional Living
Leisure and Recreation Skills for Functional Living
Community and Social Skills for Functional Living

 


PARTICIPATORY LEVELS: 9-12

Major Concepts/Content: The purpose of these courses is to enable students with disabilities to function at their highest levels and develop the ability to transmit or receive information, thoughts, or feelings through a communication system.

Cognitive and Linguistic Skills
Life Sustaining and Environmental Interaction Skills
Leisure/Recreation Skills for Improvement of Quality of Life
Development-Functional Motor and Sensory Skills


 

SPECIAL SKILLS COURSES

Major Concepts/Content: The purpose of these courses is to enable students with disabilities to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for postschool adult living.

Preparation for Postschool/Adult Living
Social and Personal Skills
Skills for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Learning Strategies
Skills for Students Who Are Visually Impaired
Orientation and Mobility Skills
Skills for Students Who Are Gifted
Unique Skills


 

MISCELLANEOUS

Major Concepts/Content: The purpose of these courses is to provide experience and opportunities for students with disabilities to develop motor skills and to participate in various physical activities that may be modified to meet individual needs.

Specially Designed Physical Education
Driver Education for Special Learners
Visual and Performing Arts


 

GIFTED

Major Concepts/Content: The purpose of these courses is to provide students who are gifted with special skills and experiences to do independent research and projects and to provide opportunities for in-depth studies under the direction of selected faculty.

Research Methodology for Students Who Are Gifted
Externship for Students Who Are Gifted
Studies for Students Who Are Gifted


 

THERAPY

Major Concepts/Content: The purpose of these courses is to provide instruction to students with disabilities who have physically disabling conditions, including sensory motor or neuromuscular deficits that substantially limit one or more major life activities and require adaptation of the school environment or curriculum in order to benefit from an educational program.

Physical Therapy
Occupational therapy
Speech Therapy
Language Therapy

Contact Us

Departmental Chairperson:
Sydney Wilkerson
850-937-2300 Ext. 256

SWilkerson1@escambia.k12.fl.us