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Extended School Year (ESY)

Extended School Year Overview


Extended School Year (ESY) services shall be provided for each student who has exceptional needs and requires special education and related services in excess of the general academic year. Such students shall have handicaps, which are likely to continue indefinitely or for a prolonged period, and interruption of his/her educational programming may cause regression, when coupled with limited capacity to regain skills lost, which renders it impossible or unlikely that he/she will attain the level of self-sufficiency and independence that would otherwise be expected in view of the handicapping condition (CCR Title 5 Article 4 Section 3043).


ESY eligibility is reviewed yearly.  If you have any questions about ESY, including if your child is eligible, please contact your student's case manager.  If your child is eligible, you will need to fill out an enrollment form each April in order to attend, which you can access through your case manager. 


ESY vs. General Education Summer School:


“Extended School Year” and “General Education Summer School” are not synonymous terms. Extended School Year is a continuation of necessary special education programs and services outlined in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and is designed to maintain student progress. It is not an additional or substantially new program. While the accommodations and modifications outlined in an IEP may be implemented in a general education class during the summer, General Education Summer school is not a special education program or service and is not included on an IEP. It is unlikely that we will have General Education Summer school at this point that is not specifically for intervention.


Extended School Year (ESY) is:

  • Based only on specific essential skills that are critical to a student’s progress as determined by the IEP team.
  • Designed to maintain student progress not to learn new skills.
  • Considered as a strategy for minimizing the regression of skills in order to allow recoupment at the same rate as general ed students.
  • An offer of services necessary to prevent regression or to allow for recoupment

Extended School Year (ESY) is not:

  • A mandated service for all students with disabilities.
  • Intended to provide additional instruction on the previous year’s IEP goals.
  • A summer recreation or respite program for students with disabilities.
  • A complete replica of the school year services – each service should be considered separately