The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully-accredited, state supported school for children residing in Florida who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. Academic programs include Parent/Infant, Pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High Schools, continuing education and transition programs. FSDB currently serves over 900 students, including approximately 600 students on campus.
FSDB is accredited by AdvancED and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).
As FSDB students move through the Pre-K and K-12 programs, they learn to read actively, to write clearly, to think critically, and to act responsibly in today’s changing world. Students and teachers learn from one another, grow together, and are a part of a dynamic and vibrant learning community.
Small class sizes, dual-certified teachers, broad curriculum and advanced technology create a strong foundation for success for each child. We offer a curriculum leading to a Standard Diploma or a Special Diploma. Curriculum instruction is based on the Florida Department of Education Course Descriptions, the Next Generation of Sunshine State Standards, and the Next Generation Sunshine State Access Points. For further information on class placements, view the 2016-2017 FSDB Student Progression Plan.
What makes FSDB different from other programs is full access to language acquisition, development, and mastery. Instructional materials are geared to accommodate each student’s learning needs, abilities, and learning style, while still meeting state standards. Students who are deaf/hard of hearing benefit from American Sign Language and English instruction, and students who are blind/visually impaired benefit from braille instruction and state-of-the-art instructional technologies.
All of our faculty members are certified in either education of students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired, as well as in their specific content areas. Teachers working with students who are deaf/hard of hearing students are required to obtain Advanced skills on the Sign Language Proficiency Interview. A large percentage of our faculty members have certification in three or more areas. Certified Montessori teachers work with students from 18 months to five years of age.
The strengths of an FSDB education include:
- Student programs of study that include virtual education opportunities and specialized career and technical training through partnerships with First Coast Technical College (FCTC) and St. Johns River State College (SJRSC).
- A collegial environment, which meets student needs through use of instructional specialists to analyze school-wide data, and teachers who meet in professional learning communities to review and plan for differentiated individualized remedial plans for students. They also communicate student success stories to parents, community members and stakeholders.
- Innovative technologies ensure that parents are an integral part of their child’s education through distance learning, video streaming and videophone conferencing. Parents use these tools to participate in meetings at times when they cannot be physically present, or to be fully engaged in dialogue on their child’s academic performance and assessment results.
- Eighty percent of our instructional staff members are English for Speakers of other Languages (ESOL) certified, allowing them to better serve a diverse learning population.
- Dedication to data analysis in a team approach and expansion of assessments to evaluate student learning.
An FSDB education also includes the value we place on community, and the relationships formed here among our members. These relationships are critical to the development of student confidence and leadership competencies. Students, parents, and teachers establish and maintain these relationships, often for a lifetime. The sense of community is very evident.
Much research has been done to study what makes schools strong. Characteristics include diverse approaches to teaching and learning, emphases on creative thinking, collaborative learning, student involvement in decision-making, and caring, responsive and involved parents. FSDB has all of these vital ingredients working to benefit the children in our learning community.
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Administrator, Instructional Services