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.

Mission Statement

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.

A comprehensive learning experience

Dedicated to Improving the Lives of our Students Every Day

At North Florida School of Special Education, our faculty and staff are committed to providing a comprehensive, individualized education plan for each student that meets his or her needs and sets realistic goals for success based on their required level of support. NFSSE offers six levels of Unique Learning System (ULS) curriculum and instruction within ten classrooms, and adheres to a 1:6 Teacher to Student Ratio. There are over 200 students and post-graduates enrolled in North Florida School of Special Education for the 2018-2019 school year.