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ESE Townhall to Support Families

The Community is invited to learn more about the services and programming provided by the District’s Office of Exceptional Student Education during an ESE Townhall on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Senior High School, 3200 E. Lafayette, Detroit, 48207. Hosted by Board of Education Vice-President Dr. Deborah Hunter-Harvill along DPSCD Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti and other DPSCD administrators, the evening will include a reception for parents from 6 p.m.-6:30 p.m. where the first 20 grocery store gift cards will be given away by the first 20 participants. Additionally, ESE Administrators will provide on-site problem-solving for parents. If you cannot attend in-person, then please join us virtually at

Please see resources below to help you get familiar with what we offer and how we can support your students and family.

The Office of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) includes a full range of exceptionalities servicing approximately 8,000 students with an active Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as well as Gifted and Talented Education (GATE).  Detroit Public Schools Community District offers one of the most robust continuums of specialized programs and services found in the state of Michigan. See chart for a quick glance of some of the services and programs offered.



Autism Spectrum Disorder

Speech & Language Therapy

Mild Cognitive Impairment

Occupational Therapy

Moderate Cognitive Impairment

Physical Therapy

Emotional Impairment


Deaf or Hard of Hearing 

Orientation & Mobility

Visual Impairment

School Social Work

Physical or Other Health Impairments

School Psychologist

Early Childhood Special Education (3-5yrs)

Behavior Specialist

Early On ® (Birth to 3 years)

Transition Specialist

The Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program is a continuum of exceptionality that is often overlooked. While the state of Michigan does not currently have legislation directly supporting GATE, Detroit Public Schools Community District has committed to supporting all areas of exceptional needs for our students with Dr. Vitti and our School Board unanimously approving the ESE GATE plan

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