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Center Academy-Jacksonville

Private | 4-12 | 55 students

We are best known for educating LD & ADHD students since 1968.
 
 

 

Living in Jacksonville

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $100,100. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $800.

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Community Rating

4 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
No new ratings
2013:
Based on 2 ratings
2012:
Based on 4 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted August 16, 2013

In public school my son had both learning and behavioral difficulties every year. The team of Ms. Thompson, Ms. Mungin, Ms. Bennett and Ms. Douglas is a breath of fresh air. He learned and had only a few behavioral problems that were handled considerately and fairly. I know he learned, instead of just having another year of punishment. The curriculum is tailored to each students learning style and needs, with lots of individual attention. Ms. Stephanie Thompson is an excellent Director. She is professional, caring, fair and accessible. She made our first year a welcoming, positive and learning experience. We are excited and looking forward to our second year at Center Academy, Jacksonville/Mandarin
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2013

We are very pleased with the progress our daughter has made at Center Academy. This is her first year and she loves school. The staff is very accommodating and always finds the time to discuss things with us if needed. Our daughter is growing in confidence and organization. I don't even have to get her up anymore in the morning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

I an extremely happy that my daughter attending Center Academy. The idea of her having to master one level before to the next is relevant to her education. The diverse of students, leadership shown by principal, responsibility demonstrated by staff, requirement of uniforms, and teaching more than FCAT have all contributed to a "peace of mind" for me and my daughter. She's happy, the school personnel appears to be happy with her, so its a win-win.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

I am very happy that I put my son in this school. He was getting F's in public school. Now he is a straight A's student. The teachers go above and beyond with all the students. This school has increased my son's self-esteem. He doesn't have the fear of getting bullied like in public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2012

Center Academy have been a blessing to my son and my family. We could never had a better choice for my son. The teachers are caring and very efficient. The administration has done beyond more than I expected for my son's feeling of security , acceptance and well being. They are the most compassionate group of educators who believe every child has potential and be successful. I am so grateful and I will vouch the best quality of education your child can acquire from this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

So far our experience at Center Academy has been very good. I can really see my son's self esteem boost since starting there and unlike other schools we have attended, it seems most of the work is done at the school by those qualified to teach!! The staff is always friendly and it's made school much more enjoyable and rewarding for our family. I do recommend Center Academy in Mandarin to anyone looking for a safe, pleasant environment for kids who need a little extra security in school. And the lessons seem to be well planned, creative, challenging and fun!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2011

This school has been just what my son needed. He is happy at school and feels safe in his learning environment. It has really helped his self esteem. The teachers are friendly and class size is ideal for more individual attention. No more spending hours on homework. Working at his own pace, and mastering the content enables my child to feel a sense of accomplishment. Great school !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 27, 2011

Center Academy has been an answer to my prayers. it is just what my child needed. The individualized program put him back on the right track after being stressed out and unmotivated in the public school system. The staff is great to work with and they are knowledgeable about each student's needs. Never give up on your child keep searching for the right school form him/her. Center Academy was the correct choice for my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2011

My son has been attending Center Academy Mandarin for 6 years and will be graduating this year. Without this school, I don't think my son would be graduating. It has boosted his self esteem 100%. No fighting him with homework or having to reteach everything. He now makes honor roll. He doesn't get pulled out of classes for ESE classes. There is more one on one attention and smaller class sizes and individual programming. LOVE LOVE LOVE this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

Center Academy is fantastic! I have three boys in there third year. My childrens motivation is high. They look forward to going to school and the accredition is the same as public (SACS). Yes it cost me alittle, but its worth it. No more arguing at home or fighting with ESE staff at Mandarin Middle/High. Thanks
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2009

This school has been the best thing for my daughter. Child-specific curriculums, smaller class sizes, can't ask for anything more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

My child is doing the same as he did in public school. I don't have a high regard for the education system at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

My son was enrolled in Center Academy due to his various learning and behavioral disabilities. Center Academy in this past year has degraded, Money is their primary motivation, as can be witnessed by the numerous contracts required for enrollment, including hold harmless agreements that hold Center Academy harmless, even in cases of negligence, and their insistence on contractual agreement for full year payment regardless of the actual time the child remains at the school. Even in cases of dismissal or being taken out of the program by parents, they will use the contract to extract as much money as they can hold onto through the MacKay Scholarship. Center Academy is a poor choice for anyone concerned with quality education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2006

Thanks to Center Academy my children are excelling. They are confident and happy about their futures. I will not return my children to Public Schools. Center Academy provides one on one individual attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2005

We would and have highly recommended Center Academy. The school offers cutting edge programs for learning disabilities. They are committed to optimizing the giftedness of every student.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 44%
Black 10% 29%
Hispanic 8% 24%
Two or more races 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian 0% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school public schools
private elementary
private high school
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 40% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 15% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 25% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation FSCJ
UNF
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Source: Provided by a school official.

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
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School leaders can update this information here.

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 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Stephanie Thompson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • NIPSA
  • SACS
Fax number
  • (904) 448-0044

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • 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
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Internet access
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • FSCJ
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

Photos

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
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • We are dedicated to helping young people improve academically at a rate and manner matching their learning styles and also to helping improve self confidence and self image. Our staff are committed to making a passionate difference in the lives of our young people. We have earned very high parent satisfaction ratings on a regular basis. We welcome visits during the school day to see our programs in action.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


8 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
55
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
65
Students typically come from these schools
public schools
private elementary
private high school

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$7000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
Tax credits

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
FSCJ
UNF
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 40%
4 year college - 10%
Military - 10%
Vocational - 15%
Workforce - 25%
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3571 Cardinal Point Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32257
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Phone: (904) 448-1956

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