North Florida School of Special Education opened its doors in 1992, brought to life by a group of parents who recognized the need for better educational opportunities for their three children with intellectual and developmental differences. These parents dreamt of a learning environment where children who traveled a different developmental path were embraced, educated, nurtured and equipped with the life skills to become contributing members of their community.
What began as a humble dream has gained tremendous momentum over the past 25 years. In 2004, North Florida School of Special Education relocated to the newly built Anderson Smith Campus on Mill Creek Road. Ten years later, in 2014, NFSSE became accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with enrollment sitting at 222 students and post-graduates for the 2018-2019 school year.
This 2018-2019 school year, NFSSE students, teachers and families are Under Construction…Building The Dream! We have outgrown our current school building and hope to break ground soon on our dream of a 32,000 sq. ft. building that will allow us to nearly double our enrollment. This year, our focus is on continuing to raise the educational bar for students with intellectual and developmental differences, with the ongoing goal to provide a safe and nurturing learning environment while improving academic, vocational and social skills.
North Florida School of Special Education serves students with intellectual and developmental differences between the ages of 6-22, and also offers a Post-Graduate program for young adults between the ages of 22-40. NFSSE adheres to a 1:6 Teacher to Student ratio, and offers six levels of instruction within eleven classrooms.
Our integrated faculty and staff, comprised of teachers, teacher assistants, speech, physical, occupational and behavioral therapists, along with vocational and social skills coaches, work daily to deliver programs to our students that provide them with the tools and skillsets necessary to continue their development into the best versions of themselves.
The programs provided at NFSSE include academics, social skills instruction, speech, language, occupational and physical therapies, vocational training, adaptive physical education, independent living instruction, job placement services, horticulture and culinary arts, music and art.
North Florida School of Special Education utilizes the Unique Learning System (ULS), a standards-based dynamic learning program that enables teachers and administration to individually assess and properly address each student’s educational and social skills needs. The ULS generates a specific educational plan for each student, allowing them to interact with specially tailored differentiated material and set realistic learning goals based on their required level of support.
NFSSE accepts the McKay Scholarship Program for Students with Disabilities, as well as the Gardiner Scholarship Program, both of which allow parents of children and young adults with intellectual and developmental differences to choose the best learning environment possible.
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