Ernie Els, Els Center of Excellence: School for children with autism breaks ground in Jupiter

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JUPITER, Fla. - A new school in Palm Beach County specifically for children on the autism spectrum broke ground Monday morning that will house educational, medical and research services all under one roof.

The 27-acre school will be built North of Indiantown Road and east of Interstate 95 in the Limestone Creek area of Jupiter.

The Els Center of Excellence will open in time for the 2015 school year.

The school will enroll 300 students from first grade through high school.

The $35 million project will be separated into two public charter schools, equipped with an athletic field, swimming pool and job training program.

The school will also have its own on site medical center.

Els for Autism was started by professional golfer Ernie Els and his wife in 2009 after their son was diagnosed with autism. The campus will also have a state of the art golf course.

Enrollment is open to all children in Palm Beach County between ages 3 and 21.

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