Hillcrest School





    Marion County Public Schools is closed Wednesday, Thursday and Friday due to Hurricane Ian. All extra-curricular activities and SAT/ACT testing are also cancelled.


    West Port High School (3733 SW 80 Ave., Ocala, 34481) opens Tuesday at 5 p.m. as a special needs shelter.


    General population shelters opening Wednesday at 12 p.m. include:


    Belleview Middle

    (10500 SE 36 Ave., Belleview, 34420)


    Dunnellon High

    (10055 SW 180 Ave. Rd., Dunnellon, 34432)


    Fort McCoy School

    (16160 NE CR 315, Fort McCoy, 32134)


    Hammett Bowen Jr. Elementary

    (4397 SW 95 St., Ocala, 34476)


    North Marion Middle

    (2085 W. County Rd. 329, Citra, 32113)


    Vanguard High

    (pet friendly; 7 NW 28 St., Ocala, 34475)


    Future MCPS decisions will be shared on this homepage, via Skylert messaging, posts on our media channels, and local media.


    We encourage our community to be prepared and stay safe during the expected severe weather.


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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.

  • Hillcrest School is implementing COVID-19 safety protocol procedures based on the COVID-19 Protocol Checklist provided by the district. View the Protocol Checklist.

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