There are hundreds of private schools in Florida serving students with special needs. Some special needs children that are served include those with learning difficulties including ADHD/ADD, impairments such as mental, health, hearing, sight, speech difficulties, orthopedic impairments, and seriously emotionally disturbances, to name a few.
There are some schools that are specifically called special education schools. Children’s Resources School in Miami is a co-ed K-1 special education school that offers programs and services that enhance the learning potential and life skills of young children.
The Carrie Brazer Center for Autism in Miami consists of a highly structured, consistent, cognitive & community-based instruction based solely on the principles of positive reinforcement and strives to teach the family as well as the child. Coats Learning Center in West Palm Beach teaches fourth thru high school students who want a specific education and/or have special learning needs and diverse learning styles.
The Debbie Institute in Miami was built to house early education programs for young children with disabilities. The Easter Seals Demonstration School and Child Development Center in Miami serve six months – 22 years, alternative, ungraded, ADD, dyslexia and related learning difficulties, and learning challenges with or without special academic needs.
Kesher LD (Miami)’s vision is to be the model and comprehensive resource in the provision of special needs education within Jewish schools.
McGlannan School is an accredited research-based private school for children with dyslexia and/or related language learning difficulties and has successfully remediated students with reading and processing challenges for over 52 years. The goal at McGlannan is to prepare the child in a supportive learning environment and to successfully mainstream while fostering self-esteem and maximizing academic potential. There, education is individualized to meet each student’s needs. Interactive, multisensory clinical instruction is employed in all subject areas and provides each student with 1:1 intensive session by trained reading clinicians.
The Marian Center School in Miami to educate, train and serve people with developmental disabilities and assist them in wholeness, pursuant to the dictates of the Gospel and of the Church’s call to love, charity and justice.
The Open Doorway School in West Palm Beach provides intense learning methodologies to engage the special needs of children in southeast Florida with autism, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, bipolar disorders, dyslexia, speech impairment, William’s Syndrome and other special needs. Spring Gate School in Plantation was designed for students with difficulties in learning, organizational skills, and social skills. Students receive a personalized education plan designed specifically for them. There are numerous other worthy special education schools and the ones mentioned in this article are only a few of many excellent options.
Scheck Hillel Community School in Miami offers Nativ which is South Florida’s first full-day program dedicated exclusively to children with dyslexia and related learning differences at a Jewish day school. The Hebrew word for path, Nativ is designed to remediate learning challenges in the elementary grades. Nativ includes all aspects of Scheck Hillel’s curriculum including reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, Judaic Studies and Hebrew language. It also emphasizes a structured, multi-sensory, language-based curriculum that benefits students with dyslexia. By providing students with success and a supportive small group setting, every student is able to maximize his or her academic potential. Students learn strategies that eventually enable them to become independent learners. Nativ’s ultimate goal is to enhance students’ abilities to successfully participate in all Scheck Hillel classes independently. Admission to this program is based on a comprehensive recent psycho-educational evaluation.
ATLANTIS ACADEMY-Miami, Coral Springs & Palm Beaches
Atlantis Academy helps foster student self-confidence and self-esteem through it’s highly effective and individualized teaching program that allows students the opportunity to discover their strengths and unique learning styles. Serving students, kindergarten through grade 12 or up to age 22, who have learning difficulties and struggle in traditional school. A technology-rich learning environment that includes a low student-to-teacher ratio and a core curriculum consisting of subjects such as reading, math, language arts, social studies, science, computers, music, and art. Homework is modified and state standardized testing is not required. We offer athletics, after-school activities, and winter, spring, and summer academic and recreational programs. Their experienced and nurturing staff encourages collaboration with students, parents, and teachers. The personalization in the curriculum, academic expectations, and age-appropriate socialization is the foundation of the program. Atlantis Academy is proudly accredited by SACS and CASI, an accrediting division of Advanced. Access school is an innovative school with a specialty program called Arrowsmith, a program that retrains the brain, to make learning possible. Access School uses the innovative and highly successful Arrowsmith Program, a program of cognitive suites meant to reprogram the brain, enabling students to overcome the stumbling blocks of whatever learning disabilities they may be experiencing.