Welcome to North Florida School of Special Education
Enhance. Empower. Enlighten.
27 years ago, North Florida School of Special Education opened its doors in Jacksonville, Florida. A small group of parents dreamed of a better learning opportunity for their children with intellectual and developmental differences (IDDs). Out of that dream, North Florida School of Special Education was brought to life.
The 2019-2020 school year sees our campus Under Construction: Building The Dream. We have already opened our new Transition House directly across the street from our main school giving our students aged 18-22 a dedicated place to learn both life and job skills. And now we eagerly await the January 2020 ribbon-cutting on our new 32,000 sq ft. school building which will house our lower school classrooms, therapy rooms, a state of the art cafeteria for our culinary arts program, music, art education, a physical education complex, and a therapeutic equestrian center. We believe that no dream is too big, and we are committed to challenging our community to continue to grow with us as we step into the light of our full potential.
Every student, staff member, family member, volunteer, board member and donor is an integral part of the work in progress here at NFSSE, and we are creating a fully realized campus that will enable our students’ hopes and dreams of becoming the best version of themselves a reality.
At NFSSE, our students follow a different developmental path, and we are dedicated to forging ahead with them. By combining quality academic and classroom instruction with vocational training, job coaching, enrichment studies and social skills instruction, NFSSE sets itself apart as the premier learning environment for students with intellectual and developmental differences in Northeast Florida.
The mission of North Florida School of Special Education is to discover and foster each student’s unique abilities revealing their highest potential within an engaged community.