About Us


Karen M. Siegel Academy (formerly known as Fruitland Park Learning Center) was established in 1972. We are a special needs school that serves students with significant cognitive disabilities. Our learning environment provides continuous supervision, personal assistance with activities of daily living, complex medical care and supervision, comprehensive behavior programs and a differentiated curriculum with substantial modifications. Students range in age from 3 to 22.  We serve students from grades Kindergarten through 12th grade and have a wonderful adult transition program for our graduates.

Our Core Beliefs

  • Any learning changes a person forever
  • Each person has an absolute value as a unique human being
  • Every person deserves respect
  • Respect for individual differences creates harmonious relationships
  • There is a universal right and wrong
  • All people have the right to be safe
  • We are stewards of all that is entrusted to us
  • Every person deserves respect
  • The character of a community is defined by how it treats its most vulnerable members

Our Mission Statement

We establish a safe secure environment to serve the unique needs of students with complex disabilities and their families. Those entrusted to us will be provided with a personalized life enriching curriculum that includes skills for functional living and an improved quality of life. Our graduates will confidently and actively participate as valued members of their community.


All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. – Helen Keller