Flagler County Schools’ ESE Cluster Sites
To better serve our exceptional students within the Flagler County School District, exceptionality aggregate sites were developed at the elementary, middle, and high school locations. Florida remains flexible in defining cluster sites, so the term may differ even between school districts. Listed below are Flagler County Schools’ ESE Cluster Sites:
ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder – Cluster Sites are Belle Terre Elementary School, Rymfire Elementary School, Indian Trails Middle School, and Flagler Palm Coast High School. Autism Spectrum Disorder is defined to be a range of pervasive developmental disorders that adversely affects a student's functioning and results in the need for specially designed instruction and related services.
EBD – Emotional or Behavioral Disabilities – Cluster Sites are Wadsworth Elementary School, Buddy Taylor Middle School, and Matanzas High School. The cluster site may offer additional supports for a student’s emotional and behavior wellbeing with the support of a Mental Health counselor, and curriculum which integrates social skills and a behavior level system.
Gifted – Cluster Sites are Bunnell Elementary School and Indian Trails Middle School. Both Matanzas & Flagler Palm Coast High School can serve the gifted population through their Honors, (AP) Advanced Placement, or College Dual-Enrollment programs. FPC offers (IB) International Baccalaureate Diploma programs in which a student who is identified as Gifted may choose to participate. In Florida, children who have special learning needs are called exceptional students. Exceptional students include children who are gifted and children who have disabilities.
Life Functioning Skills – Cluster Sites are Old Kings Elementary School, and Indian Trails Middle School. A person requiring these skills needs assistance in meeting their own needs, such as feeding, dressing, toileting, traveling safely, money & household management, social skills, etiquette, verbal communication, job skills, and using time management and organizational strategies. The cluster sites will focus on these needs.
OI – Orthopedic Impairment (previously labeled “Physically Impaired”) – Cluster Sites are Belle Terre Elementary School, Indian Trails Middle School, and Matanzas High School. Orthopedic impairment means a severe skeletal, muscular, or neuromuscular impairment. The term includes impairments resulting from congenital anomalies (e.g. including but not limited to skeletal deformity or spina bifida), and impairments resulting from other causes (e.g., including but not limited to cerebral palsy or amputations). These students may need additional medical supports which could be provided at these cluster sites by medical personnel in the classroom.
PK ESE – Children with Disabilities in Prekindergarten Program – Cluster Site is Bunnell Elementary School for 3 year-old PK ESE students. ESE PK students who are 4 years old on, or before, September 1st are placed in the VPK classes in their home-zoned elementary schools.