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Our History

The school was founded in 2002 as an addition to therapy clinic to serve children ages 12-14 as a transitional school with just 2 students. The original mission of the school was to provide a school where students would get academic remediation as well as occupational and speech therapy for a period of 1-2 years. Students would then mainstream back into a more traditional educational setting.

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August 1, 2002

In 2005, at the request of our families, the focus of the school changed from short-term, middle school to a long-term school for grades K-4 with the addition of a 5th grade in 2007. In its origins and up until August 14, 2010, The Arbor School was a  privately-owned entity under a different name.

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August 1, 2005

In 2009, the owners made the decision to divest themselves of the school. At that time, the opportunity came about to change to a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) school. This became official on August 14, 2010, with the signing of the financial agreements, the appointing of a board of directors, and the hiring of an executive director. 

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August 1, 2009

During the 2012-2013 school year, the decision was made to add high school classes to the program.  Also in 2013, the board voted to change the name of the school to The Arbor School of Central Florida. Since that time, we have moved into a new building, hired full time in-house therapists, added personal computers, iPads, interactive educational technologies, music, and off-site job skills training to our programs.

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August 1, 2012

Count On Our Experience

Our school has been providing a leading-edge, academically sound, and therapeutically based learning approach for special needs students for grades K-12 in Central Florida since 2002. You can count on our more than 35 years of experience in this field to help provide the best learning experience for your child.

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Switching To Arbor

We make the your child's transition to Arbor easy!

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We're here to help you ever step of the way! Please click or call to get started!
    Tour Our School

    Call (407) 388-1808 to schedule a visit to Arbor, or send us an email.

    IEP & Documentation Review

    We'll review your child's IEP, evaluations and documentation, then meet with you to discuss.

    Student Sceening

    We get to meet your child and show them around Arbor.

    Shadow

    Your child has the opportunity to spend some time in one of our classrooms to see what it's like to be a student at Arbor.

    Acceptance

    If we're a great fit, we let you know!

    Apply For Scholarship

    The process to become funded for your child's future at Arbor School is completed online.

    The Next Step Is Yours

    Meet Our Staff

    The Arbor School of Central Florida's employs nearly 30 staff, including administrators, therapists, teachers, and teaching assistants. We provide instruction for students from middle and primary school up to high school and transition. Therapies include Occupational, Speech & Language, Music Therapy and Art. All teaching staff at Arbor School Florida hold Teacher Certificates, a 4 year degree, and/or extensive experience in their field.

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    If you are in need of financial assistance to attend The Arbor School of Central Florida, please click on the FAST logo to begin your application.

    The Arbor School of Central Florida is listed on GuideStar, the world's largest nonprofit organization registry. View our profile.

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    The Central Florida Foundation works with families focused on giving back, nonprofits and across public and private sectors to bring philanthropy to life.

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    Arbor School participates in the John McKay Scholarship and Gardiner Scholarship programs. For more information, click here.

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      “The Arbor School has provided a great environment for our son. They are results-oriented, in a nurturing environment, with excellent teachers who are extremely patient, kind, and skilled.”
      The O'Reilly Family
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      “…our son has come so far! He’s not the same kid and we owe it all to Arbor School. Thank you Ms. Wendy and Everyone at Arbor School of Central Florida!”
      The McCabe Family
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      …our son has never been happier since he's been at Arbor. With the other schools he attended in the past, it was always a struggle to get him to go every day. At Arbor, he is excited and happy to go every day. Thank you!”
      The Roberts Family
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      “I finally found the right fit! My son has only been at Arbor for one year and has learned more than he has over the last several at a different private school for students with learning disorders.
      The Behrens Family