We pinch ourselves daily that the campus expansion and equestrian center are nearly complete. While this space will accommodate more students with state-of-the-art programs and resources, we are careful not to call it “our campus.” That would imply we are keeping this gift all to ourselves.
With this new campus comes new opportunities for the Northeast Florida community to be a part of this magical place. A gymnasium will soon be filled with the sounds of bouncing balls, squeaking sneakers, and laughter in unified team sports. The equestrian center will host “reverse inclusion” summer camp where typical kids and campers with intellectual and developmental differences will bond in the shared experience of a day at horse camp. These are only a few of the many ways this campus in the heart of Arlington will continue to weave the thread of love, acceptance, and understanding that we are all more alike than different in our hearts, hopes, and dreams.
We are grateful to all of the donors who are making this a reality and look forward to the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on January 16, 2020.
More About the Campus Expansion
The campus will be anchored by the Christy and Lee Smith Lower School Campus and Therapeutic Center. The 32,000-square-foot facility will house the:
- DuBow Family Physical Education Complex
- Linda and David Stein Academic Complex
- Dostie Family Basketball Court
- Fine Arts Center Gifted by Jill and Charlie Arnold
- Chartrand Culinary Arts Complex
The Delores Barr Weaver Therapeutic Equestrian Center that includes the Dorothy and Lee Thomas Equestrian Barn is the first urban equestrian program in Jacksonville offering equine therapy to NFSSE students during the day and the community after school and on weekends.
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.