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 and a description of the exceptionality and/or skill, as well as the Florida State Board of Education Rules for qualification of the disability:
ASD – Autism Spectrum Disorder – Cluster Sites: Belle Terre 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. Autism Spectrum Disorder is characterized by an uneven developmental profile and a pattern of qualitative impairments in social interaction, communication, and the presence of restricted repetitive, and/or stereotyped patterns of behavior, interests, or activities. These characteristics may manifest in a variety of combinations and range from mild to severe. Autism Spectrum Disorder may include Autistic Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not Otherwise Specified, Asperger’s Disorder, or other related pervasive developmental disorders. The corresponding definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03023, F.A.C.
EBD – Emotional or Behavioral Disabilities – Cluster Sites: 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. A student with an emotional/behavioral disability has persistent (is not sufficiently responsive to implemented evidence based interventions) and consistent emotional or behavioral responses that adversely affect performance in the educational environment that cannot be attributed to age, culture, gender, or ethnicity. The corresponding definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03016, F.A.C.
Gifted – Cluster Sites: 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 that a student who is identified as Gifted, may choose to participate in. In Florida, children who have special learning needs are called exceptional students. Exceptional students include children who are gifted and children who have disabilities. Children who are considered gifted are those children with superior intellectual development and who are capable of high performance.
Life Functioning Skills – Cluster Sites: Old Kings Elementary School, & 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”) – Site: 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). This definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.030151, F.A.C. 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: Bunnell Elementary School is the location 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. The Prekindergarten Program is an entitlement program required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and consistent with federal requirements, the school district locates children between the ages of three and five years old who are potentially eligible for services under IDEA and links them with their needed services. The goal is to ensure children who are potentially eligible for services are located, screened, evaluated, and provided with a free and appropriate public education. Children requiring Prekindergarten ESE services have moderate to significant delays in the areas of adaptive, personal/social, communication, motor, or cognitive skills. The corresponding definition is found in State Board of Education Rule 6A-6.03026, F.A.C.