About

The GFLedu.org website is part of an initiative spearheaded by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools; a consortium of the county’s private, faith-based, and charter schools; area university presidents; and educational and economic organizations, groups, and individuals. We are united in our belief that the state of education in Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County is worth talking about and is a topic anyone considering a move to the area wishes to discuss.

Greater Fort Lauderdale’s robust educational system provides a strong foundation for the region’s high quality of life, offering a wide array of programs to meet the individual learning styles of students and their families. Along with high-quality public, independent, and private schools, the region’s colleges, universities, and vocational facilities are committed to creating career opportunities and building a skilled workforce.

This website’s purpose is to provide easy access to top-line data about the county’s educational resources, and a portal to each individual school’s website for more in-depth information. To learn more, contact Randall Deich, Director– Talent Attraction and Education, at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance at 954-627-0128 or email [email protected].

Students With
Special Needs

Students With Special Needs

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 6.7 million students ages 3-21 were receiving special education services in the United States during the 2015-16 schools year. As part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s initiative to provide a comprehensive overview of K-20 education in Broward County, this section has been dedicated to identifying programs available for children with special needs.

Broward County offers many education opportunities for children with special needs from birth to age 22. For example, Broward County Public Schools serve over 32,000 students with disabilities and offers a free and appropriate public education in compliance with the federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Their services include, but are not limited to, students with learning disabilities, developmental delays, speech or language impairments, ESE, visual impairments, deaf or hard of hearing, and autism. More information can be found here: http://bcps-esls.com/.

Below is a list of public schools with programs for students with autism, emotional/behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, as well as private schools that have specialized programs for students with special learning needs.

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Schools Grades Programs City/ Location County/Location Website
Tamarac Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Tamarac North Link
Tedder Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Deerfield Beach North Link
Tradewinds Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Coconut Creek North Link
Watkins Elementary Pre K-5 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Hollywood South Link
Westham Academy 1-12 Special Learning Needs Davie West Link
Westwood Heights Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Fort Lauderdale Central Link
Whispering Pines Center K-12 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (Intensive Support) Miramar South Link
Wilton Manors Elementary IB World School Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Wilton Manors Central Link
Pasadena Lakes Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Pembroke Pines South Link
Pembroke Lakes Elementary K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Pembroke Pines South Link
Pembroke Pines Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Pembroke Pines South Link
Pinewood Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities North Lauderdale North Link
Plantation Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Plantation West Link
Plantation Park Elementary K-5 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Plantation West Link
Pompano Beach Elementary Pre K-5 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Pompano Beach North Link
Ramblewood Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Coral Springs North Link
Riverglades Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Parkland North Link
Riverside Elementary K-5 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Coral Springs North Link
Sanders Park Elementary Magnet Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Pompano Beach North Link
Sandpiper Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Sunrise West Link
Sawgrass Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Sunrise West Link
Sea Castle Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Miramar South Link
Sheridan Park Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Silver Lakes Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Miramar South Link
Silver Ridge Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Davie West Link
Stephen Foster Elementary Pre K-5 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Fort Lauderdale Central Link
Stirling Elementary K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Hollywood South Link
Sunset Lakes Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Miramar South Link
Liberty Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Margate North Link
Manatee Bay Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Weston West Link
Maplewood Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Coral Springs North Link
Margate Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Margate North Link
Meadowbrook Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Fort Lauderdale Central Link
Mirror Lake Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Plantation West Link
Morrow Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program North Lauderdale North Link
Nob Hill Elementary K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Sunrise West Link
Norcrest Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Pompano Beach North Link
Oakland Park Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Oakland Park Central Link
Oakridge Elementary Pre K ESE-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Orange Brook Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Oriole Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Lauderdale Lakes Central Link
Paladin Academy K-12 Special Learning Needs Pembroke Pines West Link
Palm Cove Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Pembroke Pines South Link
Panther Run Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Pembroke Pines South Link
Park Lakes Elementary K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Lauderdale Lakes Central Link
Park Springs Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Coral Springs North Link
Park Trails Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Parkland North Link
Parkside Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Coral Springs North Link
Dolphin Bay Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Miramar South Link
Driftwood Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Eagle Ridge Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program/ Intellectual Disabilities Coral Springs North Link
Everglades Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Weston West Link
Fairway Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Miramar South Link
Floranada Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Fort Lauderdale Central Link
Forest Hills Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Coral Springs North Link
Fox Trail Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Davie West Link
Griffin Elementary K-5 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Cooper City West Link
Gulfstream Academy of Hallandale Beach K-8 Autism Special Program Hallandale Beach South Link
Hawkes Bluff Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Davie West Link
Hollywood Central Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Hollywood Hills Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Hollywood Park Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Hollywood South Link
Horizon Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Sunrise West Link
Hunt Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Coral Springs North Link
Lake Forest Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Lakeside Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Pembroke Pines South Link
Larkdale Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Lauderhill Central Link
Lauderhill Paul Turner Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Lauderhill Central Link
ARC Broward – School of Hire Education Ages 18-21 Developmental Disabilities Sunrise West Link
Atlantic West Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Margate North Link
Bennett Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Fort Lauderdale Central Link
Boulevard Heights Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Center Academy Prep 5-12 Special Learning Needs Coral Springs North Link
Coconut Creek Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Coconut Creek North Link
Coconut Palm Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Miramar South Link
Colbert Museum Magnet Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Hollywood South Link
Collins Elementary Headstart - 5 Autism Special Program Dania Beach Central Link
Coral Cove Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Miramar South Link
Coral Springs Pre K-8 Pre K-8 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities Coral Springs North Link
Country Hills Elementary Pre K-5 Intellectual Disabilities Coral Springs North Link
Country Isles Elementary K-5 Autism Special Program Weston West Link
Croissant Park Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Fort Lauderdale Central Link
Cross Creek School K-12 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities (Intensive Support) Pompano Beach North Link
Cypress Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Pompano Beach North Link
Dan Marino Foundation Ages 18+ Autism/Developmental Disabilities Fort Lauderdale Central Link
Dania Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Dania Beach Central Link
Deerfield Beach Elementary Pre K-5 Autism Special Program Deerfield Beach North Link
Divine Academy of Broward 5-12 Special Learning Needs Hollywood South Link