Admissions

Serving 1,000 infants, toddlers, and students throughout Florida, FSDB makes it possible for students to do more, be more and achieve more through academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Considering FSDB?

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is a tuition-free state public school and outreach center available to eligible pre-K and K-12 students who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind. FSDB is accredited by AdvancED and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).

Come visit the campus in St. Augustine! Schedule a personalized tour by calling 800-344-3732 or videophone 904-201-4527.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility criteria for admission to FSDB has been established by the State of Florida, and prospective students must meet all criteria in order to be eligible for admission or for continued enrollment.

 

Parents/legal guardians living in Florida have the opportunity to choose the school that best meets the needs of their child. If your child meets eligibility requirements, FSDB may be an option.

To find out if your child is eligible to attend FSDB, s/he must be evaluated through an admissions eligibility process.

VIEW FSDB ADMISSIONS & ELIGIBILITY RULE (ENGLISH)

VIEW FSDB ADMISSIONS & ELIGIBILITY RULE (SPANISH)

Each child’s eligibility for enrollment at FSDB or continued enrollment is based on the recommendation of an admissions eligibility team that includes parents/guardians as part of the review process. Review the process below to learn about the steps involved and how to get started with your child’s application.

Application Process

Step 1

APPLY & SUBMIT RECORDS

Complete application and collect your child’s required records and documents, and then mail, fax or email the package to the FSDB registrar. FSDB may also request school and medical records. It may take several weeks for FSDB to receive all documentation. Parents/guardians
or adult students can help facilitate the process by including records with the application package.

To speed up the process, include the following documents (if applicable), with the application:

  • Birth Certificate

  • Custody Documents

  • School Physical

  • Immunization Records

  • Audiological and/or Eye Medical Records

Step 2

RECORDS REVIEW

Once the registrar has collected all records, the file review team reviews the application package. Parents/guardians or adult students will be contacted either by phone to schedule an evaluation day or by letter outlining possible eligibility concerns.

Step 3

ADMISSIONS REVIEW

Evaluations can take up to a full day. Typically, evaluations begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude between 3-4 p.m. on the same day. Parents/guardians and their child(ren) or the adult student are involved in discussions and decisions throughout the day.

The day will begin with a brief meeting to explain the evaluations that the admissions team would like to carry out. The prospective student will be asked to accompany the evaluator to the testing rooms. Breaks will be provided as needed, including visits with parents/legal guardians.

After lunch break, the admissions team shares evaluation results with the parents/legal guardians and student or the adult student. It is at this time that eligibility criteria will be reviewed, and the team will determine eligibility to attend FSDB.

Step 4

outcomes

Eligible

  • An IEP will be developed along with an enrollment start date.
     

Temporary Assignment

  • An enrollment start date is given for an extended evaluation period.

  • Final determination will be made after additional information is collected.

Not Eligible

  • When an ineligible determination is made, future reapplication is possible.

FAQS

How many students attend FSDB?


FSDB serves 975+ students each year through statewide parent-infant/family programs, a Montessori-based Pre-K early learning center and K-12 elementary, middle, and high schools on its campus.




What kind of transportation is available for students?


Students in the Boarding Program receive bus service to and from their hometown on weekends and holidays. Students living in the local area are transported to and from home on a daily basis. Local families also have the option of transporting their children between school and home.




What kind of after school activities are available at FSDB?


FSDB provides diverse extracurricular opportunities for student participation in athletics, clubs and activities, performing arts programs, and recreational activities that take place in state-of-the-art facilities. Students also take part in athletic and academic competitions with public and private schools in Florida and at other deaf and blind schools across the country. Academic and athletic teams at FSDB hold national championship titles and regional awards.




What is the average class size at FSDB?


FSDB maintains small class sizes to allow teachers to meet each student’s specific needs. At the elementary level, the classes average between six to eight students. At the middle school level, the average class size is eight students. At the high school level, the average class size is 10 students.




My child has cochlear implants. Can s/he attend FSDB?


Many students who attend FSDB use hearing aids and cochlear implants to maximize use of residual hearing.




What services are available for children from birth to age six?


Learn more about Parent Services programs, including our Early Learning Center and statewide Parent Infant Programs.





contact ADMISSIONS

Michael Nease

Admissions Coordinator

PH: 904-827-2706

VP: 904-201-4460

Donna Knowles

Registrar

PH: 904-827-2220

FX: 904-827-2218

contact Parent Services

Cindy Day

Executive Director, Parent Services

PH: 904-827-2221

VP: 904-201-4540

Rick Coleman

Parent Specialist - Tours

PH: 904-827-2227

VP: 904-201-4527

fsdb at a Glance

1885

School Founded by

Thomas C. Coleman

24/7

Health Care Center

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Athletic Team

Sports

80+

Acre campus located in

historic St. Augustine

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PreK & K-12 Schools

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Athletic National

Championships

1,000

Students served on

Campus & Statewide

14

Mental Health Providers

89

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