***Per FL DOE directive, all MCPS schools are closed through May 1.***

    ***All EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES during this same time period are cancelled. *** 


    Click this link to access COVID-19 MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES for students and families of MCPS.


    "GRAB & GO" free meal service - Click this link for UPDATED delivery sites and approximate times. 


    SUPPLEMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING RESOURCES are available while classes are suspended. 


     MCPS actively works daily with the Florida Department of Health, the Florida Department of Education, and Marion County Emergency Management to remain current on COVID-19 / Coronavirus details.  The most accurate updates are available at www.FloridaHealth.gov and www.CDC.gov.


    FLDOH Marion County Coronavirus Hotline: 352.644.2590


    Our primary goals are to keep our schools safe, stop the spread,  and educate our community.  For more information regarding our COVID-19 / Coronavirus actions, click here.


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Welcome to Hillcrest School

  • Hillcrest School provides valuable educational and training programs for students with a variety of significant disabilities in grades 6 - 12. The special programs provided for our exceptional students (ESE) are primarily designed to serve moderate to profound mental disabilities and students exhibiting autism spectrum disorders, including Speech Therapy, Physical and Occupational Therapy.


    The Marion County School Board operates Hillcrest School, a unique separate day school, and extends enrollment to all eligible Marion County residents. The program has grown and developed in partnership with the Ocala and Marion County community since 1971. Community support from business partners, sponsors and "friends" of Hillcrest provide immeasurable resources for our success!


    Programs and services range from mobility training utilizing the M.O.V.E. Program* goals and specialized adaptive equipment, therapeutic horseback riding, swimming instruction in our outdoor therapy pool, physical education, fitness, daily living skills, leisure/recreational skills and a curriculum built upon training for independence. A growing portion of this specialized curriculum incorporates technology to enhance instruction, understanding and communication skills via assistive devices.


    Community-based instruction (CBI) offers valuable opportunities to explore, shop, enjoy and work in specific sectors of our Ocala community. We have had tremendous support from ESE and School Transportation departments to offer frequent opportunities for students to learn to be more independent off-campus. The ultimate independence opportunities come from our very successful work-study training program. This community-based vocational training program (CBVT) uses training sites and job coaches to teach students the basic job skills of a specific business or service.


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