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.
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 Cognia and the Conference of Educational Administrators of Schools and Programs for the Deaf (CEASD).
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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.
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.
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:
Audiological and/or Eye Medical Records
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.
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.
An IEP will be developed along with an enrollment start date.
An enrollment start date is given for an extended evaluation period.
Final determination will be made after additional information is collected.
When an ineligible determination is made, future reapplication is possible.
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 statewideParent Infant Programs.
fsdb at a Glance
School Founded by
Thomas C. Coleman
Health Care Center
Acre campus located in
historic St. Augustine
Pre-K & K-12 Schools
Students served on
Campus & Statewide
Mental Health Providers
Clubs, Performing Arts
& Extracurricular Activities