Learn to Read students are Jacksonville, Florida residents 16 years of age and older who have had problems succeeding in the traditional K-12 classroom environment for a multitude of reasons. At least 55% of students who attend the Learn to Read program have a diagnosed or suspected learning disability, while others attribute unstable home lives, extenuating personal circumstances, brain injuries, and emotional or behavioral disorders as reasons they were not able to earn a traditional high school diploma in their youth. Many students are currently unemployed or underemployed, and are seeking an education in order to be able to provide a better life for themselves and their families.

The most common goals of Learn to Read students range from acquiring the reading and writing skills necessary to pass a driver’s license or specialized employment exam, being able to understand and and interpret medical and legal documents, being able to help their children with homework, and obtaining a high school equivalency diploma, such as the GED.