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Center Academy

Private | 6-12 | 78 students

Our school is best known for customized learning plans to fit each student.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $229,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,520.

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2014:
Based on 18 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 2, 2014

My son just graduated from Center Academy. 2 years ago we were getting hopeless. He was failing in public school. We found out he had a slight processing disorder and public school was just overwhelming for him. Center Academy was a life saver. He graduated with all A's & B's and is very excited about going to college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

Center Academy has been a true blessing for my son, Michael. Michael Began Center Academy 2 years ago, after failing at 2 other high schools. This May, 2014, He is graduating! Before he began Center Academy, we were afraid he would never graduate from high school. He has become a confident, goal oriented, young man and I attribute that to the nurturing and positive environment we found at Center Academy. Mrs. Cooper, the director, and Mr. Nelson, his primary teacher, have been wonderfully supportive and without them I do not think he would be where he is today. I am so proud of him and so happy with Center Academy!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2014

An interesting setting designed to assist special needs children. I would recommend this school for children who are unable to keep up in the regular school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

Second to none for us! To begin with Mrs. Cooper, the school's Director/Principal "gets" our kids. She has bent over backwards for my son & my family :) The teacher's are extremely patient & kind yet at the same time, consistent & great educators. My son, like most, has very strong points & some weak. Reading,Spelling, Vocabulary are easy for him, as he loves it! Math is another story. The complexity, multisteps, & his lack of interest in this subject have taken a toll on him (and me) in the past. Not anymore:) He said, "Mom, you know the fractions I was struggling for months to understand ( at his prior A rated, top FCAT rated school ) to add, subtract, multiply them?" Well, he said to me, " I learned it all in one day from my teacher at Center Academy!!" Not to say the prior school didn't try but, Center Academy accomplished. I drive, on average, roundtrip to & from this school 3 hrs. a day. Why? Because this school is so worth it. Thank you Center Academy!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

My daughter has High Function Autism, ADHD, Anxiety, and Diabetes. In March of 2012 the private school that she attended couldn't attended to her needs, so the only option was public school. She don't do well going from a school under 1,000 kids to over 3,000 kids, was to overwhelming. I put her in Florida virtual school at home, that worked okay till Jan 2014, as our family was going through lots of changes and loss. I started looking for a school in Jan 2014 knowing that I felt that I would not be able to teach high school material, she needed so much extra help, I visited Center Academy and was impressed not only with the school, but the principal Ms. Cooper. The school was small perfect size for our daughter. We decided to have her finish 8th grade at Center Academy she started mid Feb 2014 and loves the school, her teacher( the best she has every had) and the staff. She is making friends with the students plus getting A and B, understanding the subjects. I have final found the school that fits my daughter perfectly, it's awesome! Thank you Center Academy for giving my daughter a place to fit in and caring about her from the first day she step into the your school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2014

My son has attended The Center Academy since February 2013. We pulled him out of public school in the middle of 7th grade due to the poor support we were getting regarding his IEP. Ms. Cooper and her entire staff and beyond awesome! My husband and I have been extremely happy with the progress our son has made. He was averaging C's & D's in public school and that was turned around to A's & B's. As a result he has great self esteem and is overall a happy boy again. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Center Academy for the care and patience in dealing with children who have comprehension struggles.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2014

Great school overall director and teachers are awesome, and they give the individual attention that the children need.
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Posted April 16, 2014

From the moment you step into the building , you are greeted with a smile from a knowledgeable administrator , to a wondeful director down the hall..to brilliant teachers in every classroom, this place really is all that and more. So glad my child attends Center Academy. Corporate should focus on buying a bigger school and changing the location so everyone can see it and maybe get help for their child in need. Check it out
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Our child has tremendous issues with reading comprehension and inability to retain what was being taught in the classroom. This caused a large amount of school work to be sent home for completion....homework had already become a battle ground at our house and the added school work coming home almost put us over the edge. The constant fighting about homework and school became overwhelming for our entire family and we had to find another way. With the small class size and individual attention students receive, school can be school and home can be home again. Grades have started coming up and for the first time in a long time, my child feels good about how they are doing at school and has a new confidence we haven't seen in a while.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Center Academy has been a blessing. We found center academy after having our son at two other private schools. The staff has been nothing but helpful and they have worked hard to make my sons school experience a great one. His grades and accomplishments are the true sign of what Center academy has done for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Since my son has attended Center Academy he is more Confident in himself. He has come so far in a short time. He was very hesitant at first to attend a private school where his friends would not be going, but I asked him to try for one year. That school year is ending and he asked me if he could go back next year. I am so with Center Academy; the individualized attention he receives, the teachers, the after-school clubs and the Director. Thank you Center Academy!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2014

Since attending Center Academy my daughters grades have improved tremendously, she is more on task and on track, and also has more self esteem and compassion and seems to be just happier overall. The staff is educated and caring and seems to know how to get each child to excel to their potential, its just a wonderful place to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2014

Center Academy has changed my son's life and the entire family. He is in a nurturing caring learning environment and now getting the attention he needs to be a success. The staff are always responsive and eager to help.
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Posted April 11, 2014

Center Academy, Coral Springs Terrific High School! They even offer summer Classes. A great alternative to public school!
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Posted April 11, 2014

Center Academy - Terrific Teachers - amazing school administrator, who understands teens.... YES! someone who really understands teenagers and the frustrations of parents. If you are looking for an alternative to public high school, check out Center Academy. They even offer summer classes for credit make up. This school offers it all and is run by Mrs. Cooper, who truly is making a difference in quality education for teenagers with unique sometimes troubled learning situations. Mrs. Cooper and her staff don't give up, they turn failing students into successful students. Thank you Center Academy!


Posted April 11, 2014

The Center Academy provides individual attention and educational programming for our son. The teachers seem to really care and take the time to get to know our son and provide what he needs to be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Wonderful School Teachers are best Mrs.Cooper exceptional Thank you all of you My son wants to school everyday
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Posted April 3, 2014

Each day is a blessing my daughter has been learning so much, She has advanced so much that she tutors other kids i'm still in shock on how good she is doing and how much she has accomplished you can say we are proud parents to have a school that really focuses on the childrens education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2013

Center Academy is the best school my son ever attended! He used to say that he hated school before, but on his first week at CA he came home very excited that he was finally learning. That helped his self steem and gave us hope. He's now a senior, and oddly enough, I feel sad, that he's finishing High School, mixing feelings, because he's not going to get the same understanding, help, caring and attention that's used to. Mr. Nelson is a great teacher, actually all teachers are terrific, I never had any doubts about their skills, but Mr. Nelson is "the man". Mrs. Cooper also made such a difference, it was great already before her, but her energy, focus and idealism pumped up the whole structure. I can stay here all day praising the wonderful job this school has done in my son's and our lives...but I don't think anybody will read everything anyway...lol...do your homework, and go check this school out! Way to go Center Academy! thanks for all the hard work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2013

Thank you Ms. Cooper and the entire staff at Center Academy. My daughter is a Senior and couldn't be happier at school. The individualized attention and challenging classes are what make this Coral Springs private school so successful. Thank you for helping my daughter with her self confidence and wonderful academic assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 58% 42%
Black 23% 23%
Hispanic 18% 29%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Public schools
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Center Academy Academic Achievement Award (2013)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
Clubs
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Dual enrollment
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:30 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Barbara Cooper
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • CITA
  • SACS/CASI
Fax number
  • (954) 575-1038

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Small Group Instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Dual enrollment
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Life Skills
  • Sports Club (Co-ed)
  • Student Run Store
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
More from this school
  • Center Academy students appreciate the individualized attention and support they receive from teachers who understand them. Parents appreciate their children’s opportunities for success. Family-operated since 1968, Center Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, accepts McKay Scholarships, and provides a college prep environment for students with different learning styles. Our mission is to develop self-confidence, motivation, and academic skills for success.
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
SAT/ACT prep classes
Dual enrollment
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4700 Riverside Dr Ste 100
Coral Springs, FL 33067
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Phone: (954) 575-1231

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