223 Mill Creek Road
Jacksonville, FL 32211
phone: 904-724-8323
fax: 904-724-8325

General Information

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The North Florida School of Special Education is registered with the State Department of Education, is incorporated and qualifies for non-profit status under IRS Code 501(c)(3).


Students from ages 6 to 22 years who are able to function independently in areas of eating and personal hygiene. Students also need to be able to work productively in a learning environment with a six to one student to teacher ratio.

Tuition & Fees:

Tuition for the 2013-2014 school year is $14,500.00. Plus an Initial Registration Fee of $300 for new students (non-refundable); an Annual Fee for returning students of $85. An annual Activity Fee of $195 per school year is required. If student is a McKay Scholarship recipient, the Activity Fee is paid by that funding. NFSSE accepts the McKay Scholarship. In addition to the McKay Scholarship, NFSSE offers its own scholarship funding up to $4,700 per student, depending on the student's matrix as determined by their public school's IEP. Students not receiving the McKay Scholarship receive financial assistance from North Florida School of Special Education up to $4,500.

Therapies & Tutoring:

NFSSE offers onsite therapies that include Speech, Occupational, Physical, and Social Skills which are offered to all students. Reading and math tutoring is available.

Financial Aid:

NFSSE understands that the cost of a private education for a student with intellectual disabilities is significant. In addition to accepting the McKay Scholarship for students, NFSSE offers financial aid to families. All families are welcome to apply for financial aid. Our Financial Aid Program is based strictly on financial need, rather than merit. Therefore, any family who has reviewed their financial situation and feels they need help paying tuition may apply for aid. Each school year financial aid is given to approximately 20 families at a cost to the school of $15,000.00 per school year. The aid given to families averages between $250.00 - $1500.00, depending on the family’s needs and the student’s matrix.  The need is determined by the School's Financial Aid Committee, which uses the confidential Parents' Financial Statement, general living expenses, and tax returns as a guide. The Director of Administration collects information that is submitted by parents to assist our committee in determining individual need. Through all submitted materials, the Committee then determines the level of demonstrated need and how much aid can be granted. Each award is individualized, based upon the demonstrated financial need of each applicant.North Florida School of Special Education strives to offer a place to every child between the ages of 6 -22 years with mild to moderate intellectual disabilities. With the ability to offer financial aid to families requiring assistance for tuition, that is made possible.

NFSSE Scholarship:

Tuition fees and the McKay Scholarship pay only a portion of the actual annual costs for a student attending NFSSE. We therefore offer all students a NFSSE Scholarship to offset the actual costs associated with their education, programs, activities and therapies. NFSSE Scholarships are funded through grants, private donations, foundation gifts, and annual fund raising activities.

Student to Teacher Ratio:

One teacher or assistant to every six students. No more than 12 students are in each grade level.

Volunteer Support:

NFSSE requires each student’s family to volunteer ten (10) hours per school-year. See Volunteer tab.

Arrival/Dismissal Times:

School hours are 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Monday thru Friday, for Elementary and Middle school students.
School hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday for Junior, Senior, and Transition Program students. Students may arrive at 8:45 a.m.

School Closings/Holidays:

Observation of student holidays and emergency closings will follow the Duval County Public Schools calendar and procedures.

Extended Day Program:

Extended Day Program is offered before regular school hours from 7:30 a.m. After care is offered by Hope Haven from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. If enrolled in this program, Hope Haven provides daily transportation from NFSSE to their facility on Beach Boulevard. North Florida School of Special Education closes promptly at 4:00 p.m. each weekday.


NFSSE does not provide school bus transportation. It is the family’s responsibility to provide transportation for students. Car-pooling information is available.


All students are required to bring a nutritious lunch daily unless otherwise announced.


A list of supplies needed for students will be provided to the family. In addition to school supplies, household items such as paper towels, paper plates, plastic utensils, hand soap, etc. can be donated to off-set volunteer hour requirements.

Dress Code:

Students will be required to adhere to a school dress code.

  • Boys/Young Men shall wear Khaki or Navy Blue Pants or Shorts and a collared Polo-style Shirt, Any Color
  • Girls/Young Ladies shall wear Khaki or Navy Blue Pants or Shorts, Navy Blue or Khaki Scooter Skirt, Jumper or Skort and a collared Polo Shirt, Any Color
  • Sweaters should be either white, cream/off-white, navy blue, royal blue or tan/beige.
  • No clothing with writing or large symbols other than brand insignia shall be permitted.
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