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Our Philosophy

We believe children with autism can learn to communicate, socialize, and become productive members of society. Many children with autism are capable of learning age-appropriate academics, and given the proper amount of educational support, can thrive.

Who We Are

We are a not-for-profit, private school established in 2005 as a full-service k-12 educational center for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

What We Do

Given that no one child is just like another, we offer the opportunity to integrate a variety of curriculum and methodologies to meet each child’s individualized educational goals.

Why We Do It

We saw a need to develop a program based on individual learning assessments that is developed professionals on a personal level.

Our Mission

Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA) is dedicated to helping children with autism and their families by tapping into all available resources to provide “outside of the desk” thinking. With a focus on whole child development and individualized programs that encourage both family and community involvement, JSA is able to nurture each child to reach his/her full potential. Not just a place for learning, JSA creates an environment where relationships grow and lives are changed.

Our History

Jacksonville School for Autism (JSA) is the realized dream of Mark & Michelle Dunham. In April of 2005, Michelle met with a small group of parents to initiate discussions about starting a school for children with autism. In August of that year, Michelle and her husband Mark, along with another dedicated family, started JSA. Since opening our doors, JSA has been developed by the joint efforts of a diverse group of families and professionals who are able to network with one another to develop programs that directly support our children’s unique learning needs. JSA operates under an “Integrative Model” and is open to any student on the autism spectrum, ages 3-18 years. JSA has a variety of classrooms to meet the needs of individual students. These varied programs allow for the successful development of students and ensures a comfortable transition from our new learners to advanced learners.

In March of 2013, JSA relocated our school and clinic to the more expansive Cypress Green location. With a very successful Capital Campaign, we raised over $100,000.00 to support this relocation. This new location provided JSA a safe campus environment centrally located off Baymeadows Road. This larger campus located on 3 acres with 22,000 sq. feet of space has afforded JSA the ability to grow core academic programs, increase student enrollment and provide community/outreach/educational symposiums.

The school has seen tremendous growth. While the number of enrolled students, teachers, staff and therapists have grown, so has the scope of services offered to families impacted by Autism.

JSA started with 2 students, 1 teacher and a lot of faith.

Today we support more than 50 students with almost 40 teachers and therapists!