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Primary K-8 School

Arbor School of Central Florida's K-8 School uses a sensory-based classroom approach to work with children facing learning challenges such as autism, sensory processing disorder, down syndrome, and other diagnoses. Your child will receive an individualized curriculum that gives them the ability to progress and learn. In addition to highly personalized academics, students receive (as needed):

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Cognitive Learning

Cognitive learning is used at The Arbor School to help our students to understand and fit into different social situations. Many people with autism lack the social awareness to read social situations. By setting up rules, the child or adult can then be more successful in different settings such as work, school, or other public places. Reducing the stress and anxiety can help the child or adult function more effectively in social situations and prevent an ongoing cycle of anxiety and awkwardness.

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Classroom Technology

Arbor School embraces the use of technology in our classrooms.  Each student’s individualize learning plan includes a blend of technology, hands-on learning and direct instruction.   This blend of learning allows all of our students to be engaged, active learners.

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Socratic Method

Using the Socratic method of learning, the students are encouraged through conversation to explain their reasoning behind answers with questions such as "how did you come to that answer?" and they are praised if the answer is reasonable and logical. The back and forth discussions allow for the students to create thoughts and opinions, defend their answers using logic, and develop problem solving skills. Through the use of multi-sensory, Socratic methods, our students are able to experience their learning and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts being taught.

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Schedule Snapshot

The school day begins with a PE class to get the students ready for the start of the day during homeroom. After the warm up, the learning starts with first period classes in the scheduled subject. The primary program stays within one classroom throughout the day, while the middle school rotates into the classes for each subject. During the day, the children will attend varying subjects from the basics such as math, science, and reading but will also learn through therapeutic activities and social interaction.

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Individually-Tailored Learning Experience

These components are utilized in combination to help your child with their learning abilities, social skills, and language skills. A typical learning experience at our school also includes:

  • Small Classroom Size
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Sensory Sessions

Arbor School At A Glance


    • Support the Central Florida K-12 Special Needs Community since 2002
    • Foster a teaching philosophy that's leading-edge, academically sound and therapeutically-based
    • Create a comfortable, natural setting with small classrooms & outdoor spaces that encourage kids to walk, jump, or sit quietly during instruction
    • Allow our students the opportunity to experience growth and progress in a way not seen in other programs through a culture of patience, caring, understanding and specialized training


    At Arbor, we want to make sure your child and Arbor are a perfect match. Over the course of several meetings, we get to know each other, review your child's IEP and evaluations, and give your child the chance to spend some time at Arbor to see how they like it. John McKay and Gardner Scholarship money is available via online applications.


    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.

    For staff contact info, please choose a category:

    Therapy Team
    Primary Teachers & Assistants
    High School & Transition Teachers & Assistants


      The Arbor School of Central Florida
    1010 Spring Villas Pt.
    Winter Springs, FL 32708-5242

      Phone: (407)388-1808
      Fax: (407)636-6915

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May, 2019

April 27 - Corn Hole Tournament! 1:00 pm Saturday at Red Cypress Brewery! Click here for more info!

May 17 - Spring Music Program 9:30-11:30am. Tuskawilla Methodist Church. Drop-off is at the church that day!

May 18 - Graduation. 1pm at Tuskawilla Methodist Church.

May 20-24 - Spirit Week. Schedule will be sent home.

May 22 - End of 4th Quarter                                
May 24 - Last Day of School. Half Day. Pick up is at 12pm.

May 28 – 29 - Teacher Workdays 

April, 2019

April 27th (Saturday) - Corn Hole Tournament! 1:00 pm at Red Cypress Brewery! Food from Stefano's Tratatoria, Silent Auction and $2.00 off pints from Red Cypress Brewery! Please visit our blog for more info.

March, 2019

March 14 - End of 3rd Quarter

March 15 - School Closed for Students/Teacher Workday

March 18 - 22 - Spring Break - School Closed

March 26 - Progress Reports Go Home

February, 2019

February 18 - President’s Day - School Closed

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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.”
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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!”
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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!”
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