Exceptional Student Education (ESE)

The Department of Exceptional Student Education has established the ESE Solution Center. 

This resource is designed to provide an open line of communication for parents, employees and community members in order to improve customer service.  The ESE Solution Center (click here) as a forum to address concerns and inquiries to be researched and followed up by District ESE staff.  Data collected from this site will be used to drive professional development and technical assistance needs.  This Solution Center will facilitate a more collaborative district-wide effort to find solutions more efficiently and result in increased positive outcomes.

Did You Know?

The School District of Palm Beach County serves approximately 37,058 Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students which include 9,279 gifted students. Eligible ESE students are provided services from birth through age 22. ESE services are available at all public school sites throughout the district. committed to providing exceptional students with a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with federal, state, and local mandates. In keeping with this philosophy, the School District.

  • Provides every exceptional student with an appropriate individualized education program (IEP)
  • Offers exceptional students services that are available to every other student
    Provides placement alternatives that enable students to be educated in the least restrictive environment.
  • Encourages the participation of parents in the educational process
  • Ensures the right to due process and equal protection under the law

In Florida, students may be determined eligible for the following programs:

  • Intellectual Disabilities (InD)
  • Speech Impaired (SI)
  • Language Impaired (LI)
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
  • Visually Impaired (VI)
  • Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD)
  • Specific Learning Disabled (SLD)
  • Gifted (GIFT)
  • Hospital/Homebound (HH)
  • Dual Sensory Impaired (DSI)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Developmental Delay (DD)
  • Established Condition (EC)
  • Physically Impaired (PI)
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
    • Other Health Impaired (OHI)
    • Orthopedically Impaired (OI)


The School District of Palm Beach County