Students with Special Needs

Students with Special Needs in Palm Beach County

Current research shows the population of students with special needs is growing significantly. Autism Spectrum studies alone indicated that an estimated 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys are on the Autism spectrum in the United States. Palm Beach County offers a number of educational opportunities for children with special needs from birth to age 22. The School District of Palm Beach County has an innovative Exceptional Student Education program through their public schools, and there are a number of charter and private schools which offer an array of specialized education programs.

As part of the Business Development Board’s initiative to provide a comprehensive overview of K-20 education in Palm Beach County, this section has been dedicated to identifying programs available for children with special needs.


211 Special Needs HelpLine

“We could not ignore the tremendous need to expand our service in support of this population’s unique challenges and needs. Our Special Needs HelpLine is a “one stop” approach, helping to connect overwhelmed families to services. Just as important-we are also here to listen to their struggles- to offer a comforting voice that can perhaps brighten their day!” – 211 HelpLine’s Executive Director Susan Buza.

School Grade Affiliation City/Location County/Location Website
Atlantis Academy Palm Beaches PreK-8 West Palm Beach Central Link
Batt Schools K-12 Juno Beach North Link
Believers Academy Ages 14-21 West Palm Beach Central Link
Connections Education Center of the Palm Beaches K-8 West Palm Beach Central Link
Ed Venture Ages 16-22 Hypoluxo South Link
Els Center for Excellence Ages 3-21 Jupiter North Link
Gulfstream Goodwill Transition to Life Academy Ages 14-22 West Palm Beach Central Link
H.I.S. Academy/Institute Ages 6-18 Lake Park North Link
Indian Ridge School Ages 6-21 West Palm Beach Central Link
Learning Path Academy PreK-5 West Palm Beach Central Link
Mavericks Charter High School 9-12 Palm Springs Central Link
Mountaineer's School of Autism K-12 West Palm Beach Central Link
New Horizon Academy 7 - 12 Boca Raton South -
Oakstone Academy Palm Beach Ages 5-15 West Palm Beach Central Link
Palm Beach School for Autism PreK-12th Grade Lake Worth Central Link
Seagull Academy for Independent Living Ages 12 - 22 Riviera Beach Central Link
The Open Doorway School PreK-12th West Palm Beach Central Link
The Renaissance Learning Center Ages 3-14 West Palm Beach Central Link
Unicorn Village Academy Ages 12-22 Boca Raton South Link
Unity for Kids School Pre K-12th Lake Worth Central Link
Wellington Institute of Learning & Development Ages 12-18 Wellington West Link