The mission of the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Department is to ensure that students with disabilities and those who are gifted be identified and receive a free and appropriate education with exemplary services and support in the least restrictive environment, which will lead to students being college, career and life ready. 

    We hope this information is helpful and familiarizes you with the services and procedures of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) in Charlotte County Public Schools. If you need additional information or have additional questions, please contact us at (941) 255-0808.

    Kristy Johnson, Director of Exceptional Student Education 


    Kim Gilliland, Assistant Director of Exceptional Student Education 









  • The ESE Department supports schools to provide services to over 3,400 students with ESE eligibility within Charlotte County Public Schools.  Students may be considered for ESE services if they meet the criteria of one or more categories of disabilities and/or meet eligibility criteria for gifted services as outlined in the Exceptional Education Policies and Procedures (SP&P).