North Florida School of Special Education

Jacksonville, FL (2019)


Project Description

Founded in 1992, the NFSSE, a nonprofit, private school 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’s development plan will reshape the footprint of the school campus and will include renovations to an existing building, construction of a new structure and significant site work. The centerpiece of the project is  a new construction 32,000 sq. ft. facility that now houses eight classrooms, four therapy rooms, a library, a fine arts complex, a full-sized gymnasium and a commercial teaching kitchen. Extensive upgrades were undertaken on the existing school facility structure to modernize it for programmatic and academic uses. As the school campus will increase from 3.1 to 7.62 acres, planned site work will enhance the continuity of the school grounds and will incorporate a therapeutic equestrian center barn and covered arena. NFSSE students and post-graduates have the opportunity to participate in and learn important job and life skills through micro-enterprises. These micro-enterprises include: Berry Good Farms; Berry Good Farms on the Go Food Truck; Berry Good Farms Mobile Market; Barking Biscuits, The Culinary Café; and Art With Soul.

Business Development

College or Vocational Training


Culinary Entrepreneurship



Vocational Training

Youth and Families