The Academy

The Academy is designed to provide a private preschool and kindergarten option for students who require an individualized education program focusing on social-communication, behavioral self-regulation, and independent functioning.

The educational philosophy of the Academy is based on the recognition that each student is unique in ability, talent, and learning style. The program supports the qualities and capabilities of each child. Designed for children three years of age through kindergarten, a high-quality, instructional program is offered within a relationship-based environment. Each child is provided with choices, challenges, and opportunities that nurture feelings of competence, promote cognitive growth, and enable each child to achieve his or her potential.

Teaching staff will use the STAR curriculum with students, which provides the scope and sequence of skills that young children targeted for this program need to develop. Skills in the areas of receptive and expressive language concepts and pre-academic concepts are taught using discrete trial teaching, while spontaneous language concepts and play and social interaction are taught using Pivotal Response Training.

Faculty & Staff

All Academy students are taught by professionals who are Florida-certified special educators or National Board Certified Behavior Analysts. These educators are supported by autism specialists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, and behavior analysts, who are licensed and/or certified in their respective disciplines. All staff abide by the Standards of Ethical Conduct as set forth by the State of Florida. 

Family Involvement

Recognizing that families are a critical component of children's educational programming, a range of family education and support programs are offered. Specialized groups for parents of newly diagnosed children, fathers, mothers, grandparents, and siblings are offered. Groups are also offered for Spanish speaking grandparents and parents for those who are more fluent in that language. When requested by a family member or deemed necessary by school staff, home visits will be made to further support the student and family.

The Academy provides regular communication between home and school so that family members and school staff are aware of the progress and concerns regarding every student.

Tuition Information

There is a yearly tuition for the Academy program that covers the school year. Kindergarten students may be eligible to use the Florida McKay or Gardner Scholarships towards the school-year tuition. Pre-kindergarten students may be eligible to use the Gardner Scholarship towards school-year tuition. Parents should check the Florida School Choice website to determine whether their child is eligible and get information on how to access this resource.

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