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).


North Florida School of Special Education is accredited through the Florida Council of Independent Schools.


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 2015-2016 school year is $15,000. Plus an Initial Registration Fee of $250 and an Application Fee of $50 for new students (non-refundable); an Annual Fee for returning students of $100. NFSSE accepts the McKay Scholarship. Students not receiving the McKay Scholarship may be eligible for financial assistance. Post-Graduate fees for programs are $25 per day.

Therapies & Tutoring:

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

Enrichment and Clubs:

NFSSE offers numerous programs as part of its enrichment and extra-curricular activities. These include swimming, yoga, art, book club, technology club, Capernaum (Young Life), Young Athletes Program (YAP), Boys Club, culinary arts, gardening, two running clubs and social clubs.

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, families may be eligible for financial aid. Please contact Judy Miller, Business Manager, for more information. jmiller@northfloridaschool.org  

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. – 3:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, for Elementary and Intermediate school students.
School hours are 9:00 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Monday thru Friday for Secondary 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 beginning at 7:30 a.m. and paid monthly. 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.


NFSSE offers transportation from the Mandarin area and the beaches. Please contact Allison Mitchell, Office Manager, for availability and transportation costs.


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
  • A school-used PE Uniform is required for all Intermediate, Secondary and Transition students. (Please contact Allison Mitchell, Office Manager for further information)
  • 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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