About Admissions

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a fully accredited state public school and outreach educational center available tuition-free to eligible Pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing or blind/visually impaired. Comprehensive educational services at FSDB are individualized and specific to the unique communication and accessibility needs of each student for independence and lifelong success.

Serving more than 1,000 infants, toddlers, and students throughout Florida, FSDB makes it possible for students to do more, be more and achieve more – both academically and through extracurricular opportunities. FSDB is accredited by AdvancED and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).  

Eligibility criteria for admission to FSDB has been established by the State of Florida, and students must meet all criteria in order to be eligible for admission or for continued enrollment. Parents living in Florida have the opportunity to choose the school that best meets the needs of their student. If your student meets eligibility requirements, FSDB may be an option.

To find out if your student is eligible to attend FSDB, s/he must be evaluated through an intake process. FSDB eligibility requirements are outlined in our General Criteria for Admission and Enrollment, available in English and Spanish, below.

Enrollment Criteria PDF (English)
Enrollment Criteria PDF (Spanish)

Enrollment Criteria Text (English)
Enrollment Criteria Text (Spanish)

Each student’s eligibility for enrollment or continued enrollment is based on the recommendation of a Staffing Committee that includes parents/guardians as part of the intake process. Click on the navigation links at the left to learn more about the FSDB student intake process and how to get started with your student’s application for evaluation.

FSDB blind students boarding school bus   FSDB Early Learning Center teacher with students   FSDB Teacher working with Deaf Elementary student