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  •  Welcome to Exceptional Student Education!

    Ms. Barbara Oropesa
    ESE Specialist and Department Chair

    Hollywood Hills High School is committed to providing exceptional students a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in accordance with federal, state, and local mandates.  In keeping with this philosophy, the school will:

    • Provide every exceptional student with an appropriate individualized education program (IEP)
    • Offer exceptional students services that are available to every other student
    • Provide placement alternatives that enable students to be educated in the least restrictive environment
    • Encourage the participation of parents in the educational process
    • Ensure the right to due process and equal protection under the law

    In Florida, students may be determined eligible for the following programs:

    • Intellectual Disabilities (InD)
    • Speech Impaired (SI)
    • Language Impaired (LI)
    • Deaf/Hard of Hearing (DHH)
    • Visual Impaired (VI)
    • Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (EBD)
    • Specific Learning Disabled (SLD)
    • Gifted (GIFT)
    • Hospital/Homebound (HH)
    • Dual Sensory Impaired (DSI)
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Developmental Delay (DD)
    • Established Condition (EC)
    • Physically Impaired (PI)

    Want to learn more more ESE programs and services?  Please click this link here.


    A student may be referred for evaluation if she/he is suspected of being gifted or having a disability and is in need of a special program or services. Referrals for evaluation should only be requested after the school has provided at least two interventions to try to meet the student's needs in the regular education environment. School guidance counselors are responsible for processing any referral requests.  Additional information may also be viewed HERE.


    To identify and meet the unique educational needs of exceptional students and to provide support and resources to enhance educational opportunities so they may become productive citizens.


    The Hollywood Hills High School program addresses the unique needs of students who are gifted and those with mild, moderate and severe disabilities until they graduate with a regular diploma or through their 21st birthday.  The program is designed to assist students in reaching their educational goals through the use of instructional and behavioral approaches which are research-based and exemplify best practices. Technology is used in many creative ways to meet student needs as well.

    ESE services are available at Hollywood Hills High School for students who have mild to moderate disabilities. Gifted students and students with more significant disabilities are also served in cluster programs.  Program support is provided to students, parents and school personnel by program specialists based at the district office. Students with disabilities who are not eligible for services through the ESE program, may be eligible for an accommodations plan under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. For more information, see 504 plans. 

    ESE Parent Education Workshops

    Parents of students with disabilities are invited to attend parent education workshops,  conferences, and activities sponsored by the FDLRS.  

  • ESE Department Faculty/Staff

    • Ms.Barbara OropesaESE Specialist, Department Chair
    • Mr. Howard Kinitsky, SVE Teacher
    • Ms. Angella Sackaloo, SVE Teacher
    • Mr. James Carles, Support Facilitator
    • Mr. Tom Martin, Support Facilitator
    • Mrs. Pamela Lamar-Dukes, SVE Teacher
    • Ms. Hyacinth Lawrence, Support Facilitator
    • Dr. Joshua Robert, Support Facilitator
    • Ms. Inbal Ben, Speech Language Pathologist
    • Mr. Allen Israel, Speech Language Pathologist