Welcome to North Florida School of Special Education

Enhance. Empower. Enlighten.

26 years ago, North Florida School of Special Education opened its doors in Jacksonville, Florida. A small group of parents dreamt 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.

Over the 2016-2017 school year, we collectively focused on The Power of 25 as a tribute to North Florida School of Special Education’s 25th year. We celebrated all that the school has accomplished together over the past 25 years for our students with IDDs in the greater Jacksonville area.

The 2017-2018 school year sees our students and staff Soaring to New Heights as we look ahead to the next 25 years. 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 dynamic NFSSE flock, and we soar higher when we lift each other up. We look forward to flying alongside you!

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 nearly 200 students and post-graduates enrolled in North Florida School of Special Education for the 2017-2018 school year.