The Academy’s Curriculum Design
The Academy’s Instructional Design
The Academy’s Environmental Design
School of Tomorrow Curriculum
The Project Approach
The Mastery Learning System
Homework Policy
Satellite Student Program
Home Schooling Program
Diplomas for Students, Adults, and GED Preparation
 
What our students are saying
“I like that we go on awesome field trips. The teachers are nice. The students are nice. I like my school because we go to Kelly Park and EPCOT.”

Student, age 7

“I love my school because the teachers are nice. They help me with my work when I need it. I have fun and friends. I like the computer work. I like the field trips.”

student, age 15


“I love my school because I can work at my own pace. The teachers are nice. I feel successful.”

student, age 15

“I get to play basketball and hang out with my friends. I like to do PACEs and work at my own speed. I love my school because I can do cool art projects.”

student, age 12

“I love the staff and children. Our school is the best! We have a great playground and go on fun field trips. We get two recesses. I get the help I need the most, and they care too!”

student, age 11

Mission Statement

Our mission is to develop the whole child by creating an optimal learning environment, that is developmentally appropriate, promotes creativity, builds character, and enhances self-respect, as well as respect for each other. We recognize that each child is unique and has special strengths and challenges. We encourage our students to build on their unique strengths, conquer their challenges, and become active life-long learners while reaching for their highest potentials. We believe in assisting families to fulfill their children’s educational needs with a sense of vision, inspiration, and strength.

A central focus of our educational mission at The Academy is to motivate our students (1.) to love school, (2.) to learn how to learn, (3.) to explore, understand, and express their feelings effectively, and (4.) to become life-long learners. Our students are encouraged to welcome educational opportunities and experiences, whether they deal with the three R's, recreational endeavors, or enrichment activities. The Academy also emphasizes increasing students’ self-esteem, promoting their creativity, and acquiring life skills. The Academy welcomes parents and families to join us, as our partners, in promoting our students’ learning, growth, and development.

Given the opportunity, children spend much of their time learning to be adults by doing things, talking, asking for help, reading, observing, and learning from those who know more than they do. Giving them those kinds of opportunities is why the school exists. Sometimes students request classes or individual instruction, and The Academy strives to meet all of these requests.

The Importance of Excellent Teachers


"Who you are speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you're saying!" This adage is especially true when it comes to selecting Teachers. Living examples inspire children far more effectively than rules or books. A Teacher who loves and deeply understands his or her subject is much more likely to awaken a similar love and commitment in the children. Atlantic Inclusive Academy is built around the Teachers' openhearted sensitivity to the children in their charge. It's essential therefore that the Teacher express in his or her life the positive attitudes, spiritual and moral values, and the maturity that we seek to impart to the children.
Our Teachers participate in learning as a lifelong process. Each Teacher is deeply involved in personal development, and the Teachers receive on-going support and training to keep them fresh, enthusiastic, and expansive.

Our Curriculum

The Academy’s goal is to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible citizens, to contribute to their own economic well-being and to that of their families and communities, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives. To these ends, the goals of our school, with the involvement of parents and community members, shall be to provide opportunities for all students to develop the knowledge and skills essential to:
GOAL 1: Read with comprehension, write with skill and communicate effectively and responsibly in a variety of ways and settings.
GOAL 2: Know and apply the core concepts and principles of mathematics; social, physical, and life sciences; civics and history; geography; arts; and health and fitness.
GOAL 3: Think analytically, logically, and creatively, and to integrate experience and knowledge to form reasoned judgments, create healthy relationships, and solve problems effectively.
GOAL 4: Understand the importance of work and how performance, effort, and decisions directly affect career and educational opportunities.

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The Academy’s Curriculum Design

Our curriculum is designed to

• Encourage dialogue with individual students to design an educational program meeting state guidelines, and the specific needs of the student.

• Include discussions concerning the curriculum with the students to determine how their educational programs will fit their needs and the state guidelines.

• Develop a flexible curriculum to allow the individual needs and learning styles of the student.

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The Academy’s Instructional Design

Our instruction is designed to

• Provide the best practices in teaching that may include, but are not restricted to, lecture, experiential learning, inquiry, exploratory, simulation, team building, and independent study.

• Respect the individual student's learning and behavior style by providing whole group, small group and individualized instruction.

• Work to help students understand themselves, their limits, their strenghts, and their responsibilities.

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The Academy’s Environmental Design

Our school environment is designed to

• Provide an environment that changes to meet the needs of the group at a given time, extending beyond the classroom whenever possible.

• Develop a system whereby each student feels that a staff member understands the student's needs.

• Promote positive interactions and validation of the students’ strengths to build their self esteem.

• Work with small enough groups that adequate attention can be given to the learning of each student in the group.

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School of Tomorrow Curriculum

The Academy uses the School of Tomorrow curriculum, which is a Christian-based, individualized curriculum. When students first enter The Academy, they are given diagnostic tests to determine what levels they are functioning on academically. Students begin learning on the academic levels they are on, and progress at their own pace. The Academy uses non-graded, multiage classes to promote to learning.

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The Project Approach

The Project Approach, developed by Dr. Sylvia Chard, is used to enable children to discover for themselves what they would like to learn and to set goals, and then achieve their goals. The Project Approach refers to a set of teaching strategies, which enable teachers to guide children through in-depth studies of real world topics. The Project Approach is not unstructured. There is a complex but flexible framework with features that characterize the teaching-learning interaction. Implementation of The Project Approach empowers children to be highly motivated, feel actively involved in their own learning, and produce work of a high quality.

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The Mastery Learning System

The School of Tomorrow curriculum requires that students score at least 90% on PACE tests 1001 -1036, and 80% on PACE tests 1037 -1144. If a student fails to achieve these scores, he or she must rework that PACE. Most young people finish a quarter's work within 9 weeks or 45 days of school (3 PACEs in five to six subjects), making four quarters a usual school year or 180 days of school. However, many students are able to achieve more, and we encourage them to do as much as they can.
At the end of each quarter, you will receive your child’s Progress Report.

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Homework Policy

The Academy does not believe in using homework. Our students work very hard during the school day and we believe that after school they should go home and relax and spend time with their families and friends. Children need time to have a happy childhood. They need time to create relationships with their family members and friends

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Graduation Requirements

A prescribed course of study will be determined through a conference between the staff, parents, and student.

GENERAL COURSE OF STUDY
Minimum Total Credits – 22

VOCATIONAL COURSE OF STUDY
Minimum Total Credits - 22

COLLEGE PREPARATORY COURSE OF STUDY
Minimum Total Credits - 25

HONORS COURSE OF STUDY
Minimum Total Credits - 27

Honors students must complete 27 credits and attain a 94 percent average. They should demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written and oral presentations. Their composite reading rate should be in excess of 600 WPM. They should score at least 12.9 on a national achievement test.

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International Honors Certificate

An International Honors Certificate is available to students who qualify by meeting these requirements:

1. Average grade score of 12.9 or higher on a national achievement test.

2. Completion of 27 credits or more from the honors or college preparatory course of study with a PACE score average of at least 94 percent.

3. College Self-Pac courses may be substituted for some English, Math, or Science corses. Such college courses may also be counted as electives.

4. All core courses must be completed using School of Tomorrow curriculum at The Academy. Foreign language and elective credits may be earned in conventional or lecture-type courses (that includes testing). One credit may be earned for a class that meets for a minimum of 45 minutes daily for at least 180 days during a given school year.

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Alternative Programs


Satellite Student Program

For students whose needs cannot be met by their local school programs, The Academy offers a satellite program. Currently, the Satellite Program is limited to Brevard, Duval, and Seminole Counties, where we have Administrators to oversee the program. These students are enrolled in The Academy and can receive all of the services that we offer.

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Home Schooling Program

In addition to our campus school, we provide services to families who are home schooling. Our home schooling families have the benefit of belonging to a private school and the joy of teaching their children at home, without the need to report to the county school district. The McKay Scholarship cannot be used for home schooling.


The Academy works cooperatively with parents to secure specialized services and therapies to meet their child's individual needs and to comply with their Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Therapeutic services in Speech and Language, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Music Therapy, Art Therapy, Pet Therapy, and Behavioral Services are available during the school day at The Academy. We believe that educational advocacy, for our students and their families, is a very important element in securing a quality education.

Meetings will be held with parents to plan students’ Academic and Behavior Consultation Plans (ABC Plans). If therapies are needed, they will be discussed and planned at the ABC Plan meeting. If at any time you think that your child needs additional services, please contact the Teacher.

Home-based students tuition includes: Curriculum (66 Paces), and participation in Art, PE, and field trips (Art & Field trip fees not included). All home-based students are enrolled in Atlantic Inclusive Academy; do not register with the County as a home schooler.

We encourage all home based students and parents to participate in as many, school sponsored field trips as possible. If parents are unable to attend the field trip, arrangements will need to be made to pick up your child/children shortly after returning to the school.

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Diplomas for Students, Adults, and GED Preparation

We also have a program for teenagers and adults who want to complete their high school diploma requirements. Regular diplomas, Vocational diplomas, and Special diplomas are available through The Academy. Preparation for taking the GED is also available.

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Our Team-Atlantic Inclusive Academy is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) school, offering grades 1-12. The founder of The Academy, Dr. Patricia L. Holmes, is a retired university professor in the field of Education and Child Development. She has over 25 years of experience in Education. Dr. Holmes is also the mother of a child who has Cerebral Palsy and other physical and developmental challenges.

The Academy’s team begins with our students, teachers, staff, and parents. We have a dedicated faculty and staff who are not only well qualified to work with our students, but are also committed to providing the best academic programs and experiences for our students. Our students and parents are knowledgeable about The Academy, as well as loyal and excited about being a part of the Academy.

Our team also includes our active and involved Board of Directors. The Board governs the policies and management of The Academy. And they also work with our students when they can, as well as help with yard sales and the selling of pizza and cookie kits! We are blessed to have such a hard working, caring, and dedicated Board.

Utilizing state of the art educational methods, materials, technology, and assessment tools, our school is approved by and registered with the State of Florida to serve all children in grades K-12. The Academy accepts children who are in regular education programs and children who are in exceptional educational programs. We serve and teach all learning styles.

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Our History-A mother of a child with exceptional educational needs became very disenchanted with the type of assistance and education that her child was receiving in public school, despiter her child's in depth Individual Education Pland (IEP). That mother was a former teacher of children, and also happened to have a Doctorate degree in Education. She had spent 25 years as a university professor in the field of education in Florida, Georgia, and Texas. She was instrumental in training many talented college students to become teachers. She also taught in the Master's and Doctoral education programs. That mother is our Founder and Director, Dr. Patricia Holmes.

Following a particularly disappointing series of conferences with the teachers, therapists, and administrators in the School District, Dr. Holmes decided that she would start a school that was more attuned to the actual needs, talents, and strengths of its students. Her daughter, Rachael, was the first student, and the school began assisting parents in locating financial resources for their children’s private education.

Atlantic Inclusive Academy opened its doors to its first class of twelve students in August of 2002. By December, The Academy had outgrown its space, and so it moved to a larger space.
Completing the first year of instruction on June 7, 2003, The Academy had served over 20 students. With its satellite programs, The Academy had helped children in six different Florida counties: Brevard, Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Duval, and Dade.
The enrollment for fall semester beginning in August of 2003 nearly reached capacity again. So in July of 2003, The Academy relocated to yet another larger location and into a building that provided diverse spaces for different educational activities and provided a playground.

Continuing to grow, The Academy moved to a better and more centrally located campus, which has two buildings, in June 2006. Our current campus provides ample room for future expansion, outdoor recreation, and varied educational experiences.

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Our Future-Ultimately, we envision owning a campus of at least four to five acres on Merritt Island for The Academy. The main building would be a large dome, housing classrooms, a library, and offices. It will be customized to our specifications to meet our students’ needs. The entrance will have a covered drive through for the dropping off and picking up of students. Inside the dome there will be three levels with an elevator, as well as stairs. The dome will be solar heated and cooled naturally.

The campus will include a Barn for our therapy horses and a space for other animals, such as chickens, goats, a dog, etc. A Greenhouse will provide a place for our horticulture projects, and we will have a vegetable garden and a flower garden. An Art Studio will house numerous art supplies and equipment, such as a kiln, potter’s wheels, etc. A Music Room will be designed and equipped with lots of musical instruments and an electronic stereo system.

A Recreation Center will be designed to further enhance our physical education program, as well as a state of the art Playground with a basketball court. A heated therapy pool will be available for the use of our students.

The campus will include an Auditorium for programs and events, and a Media Room with new computers, a big screen TV, and the latest electronic equipment.

A Cafeteria with a full kitchen will be used for nutrition education and student cooking projects, as well as for lunch and snack time.

Because there is a tremendous need for our type of program in the northern and southern parts of the county, we will eventually open additional schools in Brevard County.

We are aware that there are other areas in Florida need our services and our kind of school, so we plan to eventually have schools all over the state of Florida. And when a national program is created, like the McKay Scholarships program in Florida, we intend to establish schools in other states. We want to help as many children and families as we can.

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Our dreams are big!

And the future plans of Atlantic Inclusive Academy are exciting!

 

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