The Exceptional Student Services (ESS) Department provides educational services to exceptional students through a continuum of services which include instruction in the general education classroom with supplementary aids and services, services integrated into the general education classroom, specialized instruction in a resource or pull-out setting, instruction in a specialized classroom, instruction in a special school, home instruction, and instruction in hospitals or institutions. The removal of students with disabilities from the general educational environment will only occur when the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in general education classes or in a building with non-disabled students, with the use of Special Education services, cannot be achieved satisfactorily. An exceptional student is defined as any student who, because of an identified disability, requires specially designed instruction in order to receive a free, appropriate public education. A Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation and an Individual Education Plan (IEP) can determine the student placement and level of required service. All courses meet graduation requirements. Substitutions may be accepted if the IEP team indicates it is necessary. Enrollment in these courses is determined and recommended by the IEP Team and/or case manager. These courses will only be offered if highly-qualified teachers are available.