Welcome to our school! Bordered by Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway and historic neighborhoods, the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is located in the nation’s oldest city of St. Augustine. White stucco buildings with Spanish tiled roofs, graceful palm trees and majestic live oaks create a serene setting for students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired to learn, live and play.
Established in 1885, FSDB is a fully accredited state public school and outreach center available tuition-free to eligible Pre-K and K-12 deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired students, including meals, boarding, transportation and other services. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized, specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student to develop independence and lifelong success. Currently, FSDB serves about 600 students on campus in Pre-K and K-12 academic programs, as well as about 400 infants and toddlers and their families across the state of Florida through Parent Service Programs.
Families choose FSDB for the unique resources and opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere. Students choose FSDB for ease of direct learning, the variety of academic programs and campus life activities, and the effortless communication they have within the campus and community partners. The highly qualified teachers who have chosen to work at FSDB are the foundation of our educational programs with a core philosophy to meet each student’s specific needs, abilities, and learning styles in order for them to acquire knowledge and skills, build confidence, and achieve independence. And the colleges and businesses who choose to partner with FSDB provide students with opportunities to develop valuable career knowledge, hands-on experience, and skill sets.
Why FSDB is a school of choice:
- FSDB is the only school of its kind in Florida designed specifically for the needs of eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired.
- Highly qualified teachers who hold dual certification in both education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired, and in their specific academic content areas.
- Highly trained specialists who provide support services, including but not limited to the areas of reading and language, orientation and mobility, ESOL/ELL, occupational/physical therapy, and allied health care.
- Accessibility and inclusion in all programs, through the use of American Sign Language, auditory and speech training, instruction in reading braille and enlarged print, and use of specialized technologies.
- Unique early intervention opportunities for parents and infants and toddlers through our Parent Services Program, including a Montessori-based Early Learning Center.
- Innovative K-12 academic, career development, and independent living opportunities that extend well beyond the traditional classroom.
- Diverse athletic, recreational, extracurricular and performing arts activities; academic and athletic competitions with public and private schools in Florida, and with other deaf and blind schools across the country.
- Strong partnerships with school districts, parents, educators, professionals, and the deaf/hard of hearing and blind/visually impaired organizations at the state and national levels.
Students at FSDB meet Florida high school graduation requirements; the majority of FSDB graduates continue their education at postsecondary or technical training programs while others go directly to competitive work. The overall goal of FSDB is to prepare students to become literate, independent and productive citizens who contribute to the communities in which they reside.
From the moment you set foot onto the FSDB campus, you will sense the passion and commitment that defines the school, the teachers, and the students. Our expectations are high and our enthusiasm for our students to “Do More, Be More and Achieve More” has no limits.